Operation Holiday

Help at the Holidays for Those Most in Need

Each year since 1960, HumanKind Ministries brings 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. 


View our FAQ document about getting involved with Operation Holiday.

Download the 2020 Operation Holiday Flyer.


The Operation Holiday warehouse located at the Towne West Square Mall is open and accepting donations at these times:

  • Nov. 16-20, 9am-5pm
  • Nov. 23-25, 9am-5pm (Closed Thanksgiving and the day after)
  • Nov. 30-Dec. 4, 9am-6pm
  • Dec. 5, 9am-4pm
  • Dec. 7-11, 9am-6pm
  • Dec. 12-13, 9am-4pm

Support Operation Holiday

Monetary gifts make your donation dollars go further because HumanKind can purchase food and other items in bulk more cheaply. Please consider supporting this important work with a donation today—no gift is too small and every bit helps.

Make a Gift Today

Host a collection drive

Nonperishable foods, new children’s coats, new or hand-made children’s winter accessories, and new or hand-made blankets will be collected throughout the city from November 2 – December 5. You can host a collection drive by signing up below. 

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Operation Holiday is made possible thanks to hundreds of volunteers who show their low-income neighbors support during the holiday season! Volunteer opportunities begin in November, sorting donations at our warehouse, and extend through distribution in December. 

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Save the Date: Operation Holiday Week of Giving

Monday, Nov. 30 & Wednesday, Dec. 2 – Tune in to KSN Channel 3 for the Operation Holiday telethon to see some familiar faces! The two-evening event will air at 5 and 6 pm. 

Thursday, Dec. 3 – Bring your donations to Stuff the Truck at Bradley Fair from 5-7pm for a chance to win a Bradley Fair gift card. We’ll be filling a truck with new or handmade blankets, new children’s coats, nonperishable food items and monetary gifts to provide a holiday for families and individuals most in need in our community.

Saturday, Dec. 5 – Shop for a good cause at Dillons Day of Giving. Monetary donations and nonperishable food items will be collected from 10am to 2pm at the Dillons locations below. 

  • Central and Rock 
  • 21st and Maize 
  • 37th and Woodlawn 
  • 135th and Maple 

Donate to a collection site near you

If you have items to donate, find one of our generous collection sites near you. Please note we can only accept nonperishable food, new children’s coats (sizes 2T – Youth XL), and new or newly handmade blankets and children’s winter accessories. Dillons locations will be accepting donations from Nov. 30 through Dec. 14. You can also sign up to become a collection site.

      Your donations in action

      When you donate to HumanKind for Operation Holiday, no gift is too small. See the impact of your donation below.

      • $10 = Nonperishable food for a senior citizen
      • $18 = Blankets for 3 families
      • $57 = Nonperishable food for a family of six
      • $95 = A holiday bundle for a family of four (nonperishable food, blanket, children’s coats, food voucher and more)
      • $450 = New coats for 30 children
      • $1,000 = Food for 40 families of four




      Thank You to Our 2020 Operation Holiday Sponsors