Operation Holiday gets last-minute boost from donors

12/20/2013 8:44 AM

12/20/2013 8:45 AM

Donors hearing that the Operation Holiday charity drive was short of the food it needs donated more than $10,000 Friday, officials at Interfaith Ministries said.

The donations made it possible for Operation Holiday to place an emergency order at the Kansas Food Bank Warehouse, Interfaith officials said in a statement.

“I hoped and prayed that we would get the funds we needed, and we did,” Anne Corriston, executive director of Inter-Faith Ministries, said in the statement. “Several wonderful people, whom I think of as angels, delivered just the amount of funding we needed to place a food order with the Kansas Food Bank Warehouse and purchase some toys for the children.”

Food bank staff delivered the food order in time for distribution Friday and Saturday.

Operation Holiday expects to provide non-perishable food, food vouchers, coats and toys to more than 11,000 low-income men, women and children this year. In its 53rd season, Operation Holiday works to connect those who want to give with those who need assistance.

The organization is still accepting canned fruits, canned meats, cereal, peanut butter and soup. Coats are also needed for toddlers and for people who wear sizes 2XL or 3XL, she said.

The Marine Corps Reserves “Toys for Tots” program is accepting new, unwrapped toys for children, especially children ages 10 to14.

Residents are invited to drop donations off at the Operation Holiday distribution center, 6225 E. Kellogg, located on the east side of the Davis-Moore Chrysler/Dodge/Jeep dealership, the statement said.

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