Two local non-profits in desperate need of holiday distribution space

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WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – The holidays are the season of giving. No one knows that more than a non-profit organization.

But this year the Salvation Army and Interfaith Ministries are themselves in need of a gift a distribution warehouse.

“We are getting a little concerned that we are getting close to our deadline. We need to be in the facility by November 17, and we can be out of the facility right after Christmas,” says Major Joseph Wheeler from the Salvation Army.

In order for the Salvation Army to run their Christmas program, which helps more than 16,000 people in Sedgwick County with food and toys, they’ll need an 80-100,000 square foot space to do distribution. They’ve been storing items in their gym downtown, but there is not enough space to store the items that will be distributed in December.

But they haven’t given up hope.

“God always has worked a miracle,” says Wheeler.

A miracle is exactly what Interfaith Ministries is also praying for. Operation Holiday expects to help more than 12,000 people and they too are without a distribution space.

“We are down 120-130,000 square foot building in which we set up the equivalent of a temporary grocery store, a clothing store and a toy storage area in conjunction with our Toys for Tots partners, the Marine Corps Reserve Programs,” says Operation Holiday Director Ashley Davis

They’ve had to get creative. Stacking donated goods in their office space and in every spare place they can fit.

Organizers can’t imagine how they’ll be able to help those families in need without the space.

“We have never had that happen to us before, and I hope that someone out there rises to the occasion and makes their building available to us.”