WICHITA, Kansas– Thursday was the first of three days distributing the generosity of the community. Donations going to those who need a helping hand.
“I lost my job, I ended up disabled and they’re there to help,” said Tylisa Richard. “I figured if I came to operation holiday I’d get the help that I needed.”
Richard is one of about 4,500 who came on Thursday, grateful to receive a coat, blankets, food, and toys for her grandchildren.
“They work with you, they help you, and no matter what your problems are they’re there,” she said.
“It’s a really big blessing to me to get stuff, food and other stuff, cause we have a hard time making ends meet. So it’s a really big help,” said Cheryle Renard.
With so many people eagerly waiting on Thursday Inter-Faith Ministries and Operation Holiday sponsors say it shows just how important the annual drive is.
“Just by the number of people that are here you can see there is a need,” said Sean Brennan of main sponsor, Accident Recovery Team. “It is a big deal and it’s doing a tremendous amount of good in a small amount of time.”
The warehouse was filled by the community in a few short weeks, and it will all go to very thankful families in a matter of days.
“It feels wonderful, because you actually get to see how many people do care about the community and others,” Richard said.
“Thank you very much!” said Renard to donors.