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Operation Holidays helps more than 400 KC metro families

Della Lamb distributes holiday essentials, gifts
Della Lamb
Posted at 2:54 PM, Nov 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-21 18:19:57-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Families in the Kansas City metro received some holiday cheer thanks to a local nonprofit.

"Today is our second day of distribution," Ryan Hudnall, executive director at Della Lamb Community Services, said on Saturday at their drive-thru event.

And volunteers were out in force to put smiles on faces amid the coronavirus pandemic.

"People are coming by in cars and we are giving people stuff for Thanksgiving and a turkey is one of them," Mack Jones, who volunteered with his family, said.

For those in line, it could be considered Thanksgiving and Christmas Day rolled into one weekend.

"We're distributing a full Thanksgiving meal," Hudnall said. "Christmas gifts, wrapping paper to equip families to have their holiday celebrations in home."

Car after car was filled with items that many families said is hard to buy right now. But, with the help from the nonprofit and volunteers, there is something to be thankful for this holiday season.

"So why it's important that we do these, these kinds of events, we have these milestones that we remember each other," Hudnall said. "We build the city that we hope this can be."

Della Lamb still is accepting donations as organizers said so much had to be done ahead of time, such as purchasing food and clothing. Money will help cover the cost of hosting the event.