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—helping our region’s most vulnerable residents get through the year’s coldest (and most expensive) months.


Operation Holiday 2022 applications are now closed. Distribution will take place in a drive-thru format starting Wednesday, Dec. 14 through Saturday, Dec. 17. at our Operation Holiday Warehouse located in the former Sears Auto Center at Town East (7700 E Kellog Dr). Individuals and families in Sedgwick County can apply below or by visiting an in-person application site.


Item donations can be brought directly to the Operation Holiday warehouse, located in the former Sear’s Auto Center at Towne East Mall, Monday – Wednesday, 9a-5p until November 23; Monday – Saturday, 9a-5p from November 28; to the HumanKind admin building at 829. N Market, Monday – Thursday, 8:30a-5p; and Friday, 8:30-Noon; or to any Operation Holiday collection site. You can also purchase kid’s coats directly from our Operation Holiday Amazon Wishlist.


Additional information is available below, and more will be shared soon. You can also stay up to date by signing up for email updates and following us on Facebook and Instagram @HumanKindWichita.

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Operation Holiday 2022 applications are now closed.


Applicants must meet the following requirements in order to be considered:

  • Be 18 years or older. Emancipated teens age 17 may apply but must bring court documents
  • Be a member of the applying household (one application per household)
  • Confirm their household has not submitted applications to another holiday program
  • Live in Sedgwick County
  • Be prepared to choose a date and time for distribution
  • Be able to provide:
    • Proof of identification (photo I.D.)
    • Social security numbers or proof of identification for every member of the family (including children)
    • Birth date for all family members
    • Proof of income for all adult members of the household (September and October)
    • Telephone or message number
  • Eligibility is based on household income for the most recent two months. For example, if you apply on November 1, we will use your household income for September and October to determine your eligibility. See income eligibility above

Thousands of low-income individuals and families rely on your support form Operation Holiday. Last year we served more than 14,000 children, women, and men providing them with food, grocery gift cards, children’s coats, toys, and more. This important work would not be possible without generous Wichitans like you, so please give what you can. Every dollar helps and no gift is too small.


During the winter season, many low-income and homeless individuals struggle to afford pet food for their furry family members. You can support our low-income neighbors and pets by making a monetary gift or by donating unexpired dog/cat food (5lb bags or smaller). Lets make the holiday season merry and bright for all!

Operation Holiday relies on the generosity of our community to share the magic of the holidays with thousands of low-income families. You can help by being a collection site for food, coats and more!

Sign up to be a collection site for this year’s Operation Holiday. Once we have your information, we will connect with you to provide an official OH collection box and schedule drop off/pick up times.

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Help us prepare for Operation Holiday. Volunteer opportunities are available in both our warehouse (in the former Sear’s Auto Center at Towne East)  in November and December and during distribution in December (distribution volunteer opportunities will open later in the year).