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Tulsa Area Holiday Gifts and Donations Listing

Whether you contribute a toy to a child in need, serve a meal, or volunteer to help a non-profit, there is no time like the holidays to help others in need.

Updated Nov. 2018

Is your family interested in helping those in need throughout the Tulsa community? Many of these organizations need year-round assistance, but the need is even greater during the holiday months. Find a charity and/or organization in Tulsa that your family can donate items, time or money this holiday season in our list of places to give in Tulsa: 

Editor's Note: If your organization has an event that you would like to be included in this list, e-mail the information to tara.rittler@gmail.com.

Christian Ministries Alliance, Inc. 

The non-profit Christian Ministers Alliance provides holiday food baskets for families from 60 Tulsa Public Schools and eight Union Schools. Christmas baskets will be distributed on Tues., December 18, beginning at 6 p.m., at the Booker T. Washington Historical Building, 1631 E. woodrow St. in Tulsa.

To donate food, cash or toys, contact Rev. W.R. Casey at 918.951.7407. 

Child Abuse Network, Inc.

Every donation counts! CAN helps stop the hurt and begin the healing of children going through a child abuse investigation. Items on the Wish List include: Blankets, Blank Journals, Pens, Books (for all ages), Puzzles, Backpacks, Stuffed Animals (new), school supplies, coloring books, crayons, baseball caps, and baseball cards.

View the Wish List online. Or make a donation online.

For more information, call 918-624-0200 or email events@childabusenetwork.org.

Coats for Kids 

The average daily temperature in Tulsa during the months of December and January is 28 degrees Fahrenheit, and thousands of Oklahoma families cannot afford to buy coats for themselves or for their children during these harsh months. Coats for Kids distributes used or new coats to these families in need and is sponsored by Channel 6, Yale Cleaners, and Catholic Charities. You can drop off your coats at any Tulsa Yale Cleaners location. 

Emergency Infant Services

Emergency Infant Services is a non-denominational, non-profit organization which assists over 18,000 infants and toddlers annually. Funded through the generosity of the community, staff and volunteers work together to make sure that infants and toddlers have the essentials they need.

There are so many ways that an individual or a group can make a difference in the lives of these infants and toddlers. Click here to find out how to donate money or supplies.

Family & Children's Services 

Give overburdened families the happiest of holidays. Adopt a family or help stock F&CS Santa Shop. Toys, books and games for children of all ages are needed in addition to gifts for teens. Clothing, coats, pajamas and HUGS (hats, underwear, gloves and socks), small household items and toiletries, monetary donations or gift/grocery cards are also needed. 

For information, call 918.560.1115 or email holidayassistance@fcsokorg. Learn more here

Iron Gate: Feeding the Hungry and Homeless in Tulsa--Everyday

Volunteers help with:
  • Serving food, stocking shelves, cleaning plates and clearing tables
  • Bagging and distributing groceries
  • Answering phones and data entry
  • Special events and projects
  • Packing items for Kid's Packs 
If you are interested in becoming a volunteer contact volunteers@irongatetulsa.org

Toys for Tots 

Toys for Tots collects new, unwrapped toys each year and distributes those toys as Christmas gifts to less fortunate children in the community. Get more information about what and where to donate here


TSHA creates a holiday party for kids with hearing loss, complete with a special guest -- a deaf Santa. Your monetary donation could go toward supplies for the party and keep it free for the children and their families. 

Reading Partners 

Reading Partners is a national literacy nonprofit that works with under-resourced elementary schools to support students who are reading six months totwo-and-a-half years below grade-level. Reading Partners recruits and trains community volunteers to deliver a highly effective, research-validated curriculum that has helped thousands of children master foundational reading skills.

Volunteers are needed in our Tulsa elementary schools! Give one hour of your time and volunteer with Reading Partners and to help change a struggling reader's life. Sign up at www.readingpartners.org or call 918-949-1979 today!

Santa Community Project 

The Mother’s Group Inc. sponsors this annual event, which brings Santa and Mrs. Claus to Greenwood Cultural Center (322 N. Greenwood Ave, Tulsa, OK 74120). The kids that attend receive a visit and a complimentary picture with Santa and Mrs. Claus in addition to a brand new book suited to their age group. Monetary donations can be sent to their P.O. Box 702915 Tulsa, OK 74170. For more information, contact them on Facebook: www.facebook.com/MothersGroupInc

Tulsa Day Center for the Homeless

The Tulsa Day Center for the Homeless is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week offering programs such as case management, community voice mail, day center clinic, life skills classes, and onsite access for other service providers. Monetary donations can be made at www.tulsadaycenter.org/index.php  and other volunteer opportunities can be found at tulsadaycenter.org/support/volunteer/.

Youth Services of Tulsa

Youth Services programs address the needs of youth and families in our community. Teens are often forgotten during the holidays, so consider “adopting” a teen through Youth Services. In addition to cash donations through www.yst.org/donate/, there are other ways you can help. Please consider becoming a volunteer, or giving in kind donations like new and gently used clothing, furniture and household items.

The Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma

The Food Bank provides enough food to provide hungry Oklahomans 396,000 meals each week, and almost 90 percent of the food distributed is donated by local grocers and retailers, national food manufacturers, growers, and individuals and organizations that hold food drives. From volunteering to holding your own canned food drive, you can help in so many ways. Learn more at okfoodbank.org/ways-to-give.

Stock the Station

Through Dec. 19, drop off non-perishable food items to any Tulsa Fire Station, Tulsa Police Station or Tulsa City-County Regional Library. Donations will go to the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma. You can also donate to Stock the Station online at okfoodbank.org/donate (select Stock the Station when asked what you'd like your gift to be donated toward). 

Christmas for Kids Program

Each Tulsa County child in foster care is asked to complete a form with their top two Christmas wishes. TAPC asks for sponsors for each of these children, hoping to meet the needs and fulfill their exact wishes. Individuals or business may make cash donations, and TAPC will purchase the gifts for children who are not sponsored. TAPC is looking for wish list and monetary sponsors from individuals, family, and corporate donors.

The mission of Tulsa Advocates for the Protection of Children is to improve the lives of abused and neglected children in Tulsa and contiguous counties by providing resources and building community. TAPC operates a Foster Family Resource Center where monetary donations and new or gently used children’s items (i.e. clothing, shoes, toys, strollers, car seats, socks, new undergarments, personal hygiene products, cribs, beds, bedding, etc.) can be given. Programs and other supports are offered through the Resource Center as well.

For more information, go to www.tapchelps.org or search for TAPC Foster Family Resource Center on Facebook.

To donate or volunteer, please contact Chris Siemens at csiemens@tapchelps.org or 918-742-4947.

Girl Scouts of Eastern Oklahoma

The Girl Scout Leadership Experience is a one-of-a-kind leadership development program for girls, with proven results. It is based on time-tested methods and research-backed programming that help girls take the lead-in their own lives and in the world.

Wish List:

For our Girl Scouts in need: girls' coats (all sizes), hats, gloves, scarves, grocery gift cards, monetary donations, For our Girl Scout programs: a boat, medical gator, canoes, kayak, walkie talkies, dutch oven, ice chest with wheels, 8-10 person tents, backpacking tents, corcls, monetary donations, climbing gear, archery equipment, tomahawks, Chromebooks, helmets, lifejackets, fishing equpiment.

To help serve more than 800 Girl Scouts and their families, in our under-served schools, please contact Fund Development at 918-745-5202.

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