Operation Holiday

Operation Holiday

Making Spirits Bright Since 1960

For more than 60 years, HumanKind Ministries has brought the community together to run Wichita’s largest holiday assistance program, Operation Holiday. More than providing basic needs and toys, Operation Holiday helps our region’s most vulnerable residents get through the year’s coldest (and most expensive) months—and shows them that their community cares.


Operation Holiday 2021 distribution will take place Wednesday, Dec. 15th through Saturday, Dec. 18th and applications will be open November 1-30 online at the link above or by phone at 316-777-6097 (Mon-Fri, 9a-4p).

Get Involved

Together with our wonderful volunteers, sponsors, and supporters, we made the holidays brighter for more than 14,000 people in 2020. If you’d like to give back to the community and support Operation Holiday as part of this special team, there are several ways to get involved, individually or as a group.

  1. Host a collection drive for new or like-new kid’s coats, new kid’s winter accessories, and new or handmade blankets. Collection boxes are now available to pick up from our admin office—please call our Admin Office at 316-264-9303 between 8:30a-5p, Monday to Friday, to become an official collection site. You can also download our collection site flyer here.
  2. Donate a new or like-new kid’s coat, new kid’s winter accessories, or new or handmade blankets at a collection site near you. 
  3. Make a monetary donation. Financial gifts help HumanKind purchase food and other items at nonprofit rates and in bulk at lower cost, and thus help more people. No gift is too small and every little bit helps.
  4. Volunteer in the warehouse during preparation or distribution. Volunteer opportunities begin in November, sorting donations at our warehouse, and extend through distribution in December. Visit HumanKindWichita.org/Volunteer to learn more and sign up today.

Join in the Week of Giving

Get Help

November 29 – December 4


Operation Holiday Telethon with KSN: Monday, 11/29 Wednesday, 12/1

Tune into Channel 3 at 5pm and 6pm to see some familiar faces and help us set a new fundraising record!


Stuff the Truck at Clifton Square: Thursday 12/2
Bring your family out for an evening of holiday fun as we Stuff the Truck with donations to support Operation Holiday.


Suggested donations of new or like-new children’s coats or monetary donations will get you access to photos with Santa, crafts with Ana and Elsa, hot cocoa, and more.


Make a night of it by dining out at Ziggy’s Pizza or Dempsey’s Burger Pub then grab dessert and a hot drink at The No Bake Café and The Tea House, and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to HK. Donors will also receive special discounts at select retailers.


Visit the Stuff the Truck event page to stay up to date.


Dillons Day of Giving: Saturday, 12/4

Support HK as you shop for your weekly groceries! Our teams will be at Dillons stores all over the city accepting monetary donations, new and like-new kids coats and winter accessories, blankets, and non-perishable food. Our US Marine Corps partners will also be there collecting new kids toys! Come and see us at Dillons stores at:

  • 135th & Maple 10a-12p
  • 13th and West 10a-12p
  • 21st and Maize, 10a-2p
  • 21st and Amidon 10a-12p
  • 37th and Woodlawn 10a-2p
  • Central and Rock, 10a-2p

If you need assistance this holiday season, you can apply online Nov. 1-30. In the meantime, click here to learn more about eligibility requirements and how Operation Holiday can help, and please contact us if you have any questions or concerns.

Sign up for email updates and follow us on Facebook and Instagram @HumanKindWichita to make sure you don’t miss any important Operaion Holiday updates.

Operation Holiday Collection Sites

Adams Brown CPA
Advance Mobile Community Clinic
Bank of America Branch Locations
City of Wichita
Delta Dental
Dillons Locations
Dondlinger construction
Grace Presbyterian Church
Greater Hindu Temple of Wichita
Home Mennonite Church
Homestead Healthcare
Hullings Santucci Orthodontics
Independent Middle School
Landmark Realty
Larson and Company
Murdock Companies
Sedgwick County Health Department
Shawn Ferestad State Farm Office
St. Paul Lutheran
University Congregational Church
Westwood Presbyterian Pre-school
Wichita Chamber of Commerce
Wichita Water Partners
WSU Student Involvement




Thank You to Our 2021 Operation Holiday Sponsors