Operation Hope, a homeless shelter in downtown Fairfield, is seeking participants in its annual holiday project, "Hope for the Holidays."

The initiative identifies almost 200 people in need of basic items each year. Participants may "adopt" a family by buying items from a wish list completed by each of the men, women and children served by the shelter.

General donations and gift cards to local stores are also welcome.

The shelter also seeks on-site volunteers to organize the distribution.

Contact Evie Angel at evieangel@aol.com or Donna Schmidt dschmidt@operationhopect.org, call 203-292-5588 or visit www.operationhopect.org for information.