If you have an empty Wichita warehouse, Operation Holiday wants to know.
The organization is searching for a new warehouse to house the annual December distribution of food, grocery gift cards, coats, pet food, toys and blankets for the needy.
The old Davis-Moore showroom at Woodlawn and Kellogg – where the distribution has taken place for the past three years – is no longer available, according to Operation Holiday director Ashley Davis.
Ideally, the organization, which is under the umbrella of Inter-Faith Ministries, needs 20,000 to 30,000 square feet of space with a loading dock, parking and working plumbing, heating and lighting.
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Operation Holiday needs the space between early November and the end of December.
“We are coming down to the wire for finding a suitable space,” Carolyn Kell, marketing director for Inter-Faith Ministries, wrote in an e-mail to The Eagle.
Distribution is Dec. 15-17.
“Companies are starting collection drives, and we are already receiving donations,” Davis said in a release.
The application period for Operation Holiday begins Nov. 7.
“Without a location, we simply don’t have a way to count, store and distribute all the contributions that are coming in,” Davis said.
People who might have a building or leads for possible locations are encouraged to contact Davis at 316-264-9303.