Operation Hope seeks donations for their annual “Hope for the Holidays” program, which helps provide local families in need with food and gifts they might otherwise go without.

The program identifies close to 200 people in need of basic items each year. By “adopting” a family or individual, one can purchase items from a wish list completed by each of the men, women and children served by Operation Hope. General donations and gift cards to local stores also are welcome.

Individuals, families, civic groups and businesses have helped Operation Hope to supply thousands of gifts in the past. Sponsors will receive gift lists in late  November. Operation Hope also needs on-site volunteers to organize the gift distribution on Dec. 5-7, at St. Anthony of Padua Church on South Pine Creek Road in Fairfield. Children are welcome during the volunteer shifts; but children under the age of 5 must be supervised and kept with parents.

To sponsor a family or individual or volunteer to sort and transport gifts, contact Operation Hope’s Hope for the Holidays Program Coordinator Evie Angel at evieangel@aol.com or Volunteer Program Manager Donna Schmidt at dschmidt@operationhopect.org or 292-5588 ext. 207, by Nov. 20.

“Every year the families may change but the need does not,” said Carla Miklos, executive director, Operation Hope. “The families who are recipients of your generosity are so grateful for the help. This effort not only brings the true meaning of the holidays to them, but also to our community. By becoming a donor to ‘Hope for the Holidays,’ you will make happy holiday memories possible for the men, women and children who need it most.”

Operation Hope serves residents of Fairfield, Bridgeport, Easton, Trumbull and Stratford.