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.

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.

12&12

12&12 is an addiction recovery center for adults. Services offered include medically supervised detoxification, intensive residential treatment, transitional living, outpatient treatment, etc. Support 12&12’s work by making a donation on 12&12 Day (December 12). This year, the goal for 12&12 Day is to get at least 1,200 people to donate $12. In addition to monetary donations, items on 12&12’s Wish List include shoes, socks, board games, jackets, hoodies, undergarments, gloves, toiletries, playing cards, dominos, games and books. Learn more at 12and12.org/donate.


The Center for Individuals with Physical Challenges

The Center for Individuals with Physical Challenges’ mission is to “provide opportunities for persons with physical disabilities to enhance the quality of their lives.” Center services include youth programming, adaptive sports, support groups and more.

This season, consider donating an item from The Center’s Wish List. Key items include arts and crafts supplies; $5-10 gift cards that can be used in giveaways; tickets to local attractions for youth program outings; and youth program supplies (stickers, play doh, etc.).  Find the full Wish List here: https://www.tulsacenter.org/how-to-help/donate/donate-item-equipment/


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: New Blankets, New Stuffed Animals, disposable masks for kids and adults, disinfectant wipes, hand sanitizer and more. View the full Wish List  here. They also provide Target and Amazon wish lists.

Click here to make a donation online.

To make a donation, please email Rochelle Klein, rklein@childabusenetwork.org, or call 918.624.0209 to arrange drop off.


The Christian Ministers Alliance INC.

Each year, The Christian Ministers Alliance hosts a Thanksgiving Giveaway, where they adopt public schools in low-income communities to supply Thanksgiving meals. This year, they are asking for donations of turkeys, hams, whole chickens, corn, green beans, sweet potatoes, 20 lb. bags of potatoes, greens, cranberry sauce, onions, bell peppers, bacon, sausage, cream of mushroom soup, lite bread, rolls, rice, celery, cereal, half-gallons of milk, chicken wings, chicken thighs, drumsticks and chicken broth.

Items can be dropped off at Remington Elementary, 2524 W. 53rd St., on November 19, 2021, 6 p.m. Or, checks can be made payable to C.M.A. Inc. and sent to P.O. Box 2095, Tulsa, OK 74101.

For more information, call 918.902.1374 or 918.951.7407.


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 November 1 through December 31st.


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.


Counseling & Recovery Services

#JustBeCAUSE

COVID-19 has accelerated a crisis in children’s mental health to almost double*:

  • school disruptions
  • social isolation
  • death in the family
  • food insecurity
  • suicidal thoughts and attempts
  • depressive episodes
  • sadness/hopelessness
  • increased domestic violence

Help us help them.

#JustBeGIVING

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*Healthy Minds Policy Initiative
*JAMA Pediatrics


Discovery Lab – Tulsa Children’s Museum

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Contact: Heather Apodaca, Individual Giving Development Manager
560 N. Maybelle Ave., Tulsa
539.664.5525

Give the gift of inspiration at Discovery Lab this holiday season!  Discovery Lab’s mission is to inspire children, connect families, and build community through exploration, exhibits, programming and play.  Build rockets, make robots, and explore exhibits while learning about science, technology, engineering, arts, and math.

  • Memberships make great gifts – Join the Gizmo Guild and a part of your donation will go towards keeping Discovery Lab accessible for ALL families in our community. www.discoverylab.org/gizmoguild
  • Discovery Lab is moving to its new home, 31st & Riverside, and is now accepting housewarming gifts to finish construction and furnish the building.  www.discoverylab.org/welcomehome

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D.V.I.S. (Domestic Violence Intervention Services)

D.V.I.S. accepts donations of new items Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. at 3124 E Apache St. Items on their wish list include toys for children ages 0-18; art supplies that can be used during counseling sessions; home items such as trash bags, coffee makers and toilet paper; and more. View the full wish list on their website here. And check out their Amazon wish list if that is easier. Follow @divistulsa on Facebook for seasonal giving opportunities.


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. EIS accepts donations online, in-person, through their Amazon wish list or by mail. Key wish list items are diapers, wipes, clothing, formula, toys and books, etc. Learn more here.


Family & Children’s Services

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Family & Children’s Services (F&CS) is a non-profit in Tulsa that serves hurting and abused children, strengthens families and gives a path of hope and recovery to those battling mental illness and addiction.  We have been serving this mission for 100 years. Our Santa Shop provides gifts and necessities to F&CS’s neediest families. Monetary donations are also appreciated at www.fcsok.org/donate .

Donation Requests

  • Toys, books, games, and gifts for kids of all ages
  • Clothing, pajamas, hats, underwear, gloves and socks
  • Winter coats for children, teens and adults
  • Small household items and toiletries
  • Visit our Amazon wish list for easy shipping directly to our office!

Donations accepted through Wed. December 15, 2021 at 650 S. Peoria Ave. Tulsa, 74120.

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Fostering Hope

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917 W. Broadway, Muskogee
918.616.8143

Fostering Hope is a non-profit organization with a desire to aid children from birth to 18 when placed in foster care. The Bag Full of Hope program provides much-needed emergency supplies and bridges the gap from when a child is removed to when families receive state funding. Fostering Hope House is our newest program. Here, we provide bathing facilities and a safe place for foster children to await placement.

How can you help? Join us on Dec. 4 for Gingerbread Land at 810 Ranch in Muskogee. Tickets include: decorating a gingerbread house with over 50 candies, photos with Santa, a hot cocoa bar, letters to Santa, an appearance from Elsa, and much more. We hope this festive event will become a holiday tradition for families near and far. For tickets and other ways to support, go to fosteringhopemuskogee.org.


Fostering Joy

Fostering Joy (formerly Christmas for Kids) is a program by Fostering Connections and provides gifts to abused or neglected children in Oklahoma. Help by sponsoring a child (or children), make a monetary donation or order from Fostering Connections’ Target Wish List. Learn more or sign up here


Girl Scouts of Eastern Oklahoma

Girl Scouts has a pathway for every girl and your help makes a difference in the lives of girls. The Girl Scout Leadership Experience is a one-of-a-kind leadership development program providing year-round opportunities for outdoor experiences, STEM, digital entrepreneurship and more. With curriculum based upon how girls learn and a century of experience, we teach girls to 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, and please consider the gift of Girl Scouts, $25 per girl.

For our Girl Scout programs: Chromebooks, fishing equipment, walkie talkies with head-sets, 8-10 person tents, dutch ovens, water coolers, and many other items.

During these times, we are requesting that troops have smaller tents so each girl has her own sleeping space. More 1-2 person tents would be beneficial for our outdoor program.

Please contact Fund Development at 918-745-5202 to learn how you can help. A $25 donation gives the gift of Girl Scouts for a year, www.gseok.org/give.


Goodwill Industries of Tulsa

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Goodwill Industries of Tulsa empowers members of our community by providing job training, job placement, financial counseling, access to banking and free income tax services. By donating to our attended donation centers, shopping in our retail stores, or giving a financial gift, you can directly help fund those services.

Goodwill’s wish list includes gently used clothing and household goods, as well as financial gifts. You can also get involved by becoming a VITA volunteer, helping provide free tax preparation and filing to individuals in the Tulsa area.

www.goodwilltulsa.org/tulsakids


Green Country Habitat for Humanity

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6235 E. 13th St., Tulsa
918.592.4224

Green Country Habitat for Humanity (GCHFH) is a nonprofit organization devoted to building quality, affordable homes for hardworking families in the Tulsa area. Serving our community since 1988, GCHFH offers training, financial literacy courses and affordable, low-interest mortgages for first-time homeowners.
This season as always, your donations help us build homes. When you donate clothing, furniture, appliances and household goods, we resell those items at our retail outlets, which in turn supports our mission of providing affordable housing.

Donated items may be dropped off at all four of our ReStore locations. Learn more at GreenCountryHabitat.org and follow @GreenCountryHabitat on Facebook.


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

John 3:16

For just $2.11, you can provide a meal to someone in need through John 3:16. In addition to hot meals, John 3:16 also provides safe shelter, warm clothing and other resources. Donate here.


Little Light House

Little Light House is a developmental center for special needs children ages birth to six. Little Light House provides tuition-free education and therapy services to 150 children year round.

Little Light House is always in need of volunteers and donations! For more information call 918-664-6749 or go to www.littlelighthouse.org .

These wish list items can also be found on the Little Light House Amazon Wish List, https://www.amazon.com/gp/registry/wishlist/HKW1D75LJ68A/ref=cm_wl_huc_view


Make A Wish Oklahoma

There are many ways to donate to Make A Wish Oklahoma, from donating airline miles or hotel points, to Adopt-A-Wish, to general monetary donations and charity streaming. If you’re interested in hosting an online fundraiser, Make A Wish Oklahoma will help you get started at secure2.wish.org/site/SPageServer/?pagename=wish_your_way_fy22. Learn more at wish.org/ways-to-give.


Meals on Wheels of Metro Tulsa

Meals on Wheels provides nutritious meals, wellness checks and caring contact to the elderly, disabled, homebound and others in the Tulsa area. Monetary donations help provide meals. For example, a donation of $48 provides one week’s worth of meals. There are also volunteer opportunities available for children and teens as well as adults. Learn more at www.mealsonwheelstulsa.org/volunteer and www.mealsonwheelstulsa.org/donate.


OKDHS: HOLIDAY HOPE

Each year, Oklahoma Human Services (OKDHS) collaborates with a host of amazing partners and local communities to fulfill the holiday hopes of children and youth in state custody. Like all children, those in foster care anxiously await their visit from Santa, or dream of that special gift waiting for them under the tree. COVID-19 has impacted how we all work and live, but it has not impacted our ability to bring the magic of the season to children in state custody and support their foster families.

Families who foster or are in the process of adopting, and are not receiving support from an organization in their community should complete a resource request form at this website. Some organizations will be fulfilling child(ren)’s gift wish lists while others are requesting gift cards to support contactless donations.  Foster families who are already working with an organization should continue to do so.

Oklahomans who are looking to be connected to an organization in order to make a donation should email HolidayHope@okdhs.org or reach out to OKDHS via social media.


The Parent Child Center of Tulsa

The Parent Child Center of Tulsa’s mission is “To prevent child abuse and neglect through education, treatment, and advocacy.” Their wish list includes developmental toys and books for children ages 0-12, diapers, formula, breast pumps, family outing passes to Tulsa Zoo or Oklahoma Aquarium, etc. Find the full list here: https://www.parentchildcenter.org/giveget-involved/wishlist.


Reading Partners

Reading Partners is a national literacy nonprofit that works with under-resourced elementary schools to support students who are reading six months to two-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!


Salvation Army

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The Salvation Army assists approximately 23 million Americans annually. From homeless shelters, to disaster relief, to holiday giving, we exist to meet human need without discrimination. While we serve our community year-round, the holiday season is especially special to us! We believe every child deserves to experience the joy of Christmas morning. Through our Angel Tree program, we can provide this to thousands of kids in our community. To pull this off, we need YOU! To easily shop and ship a gift for the Angel Tree program, please visit www.salarmytulsa.org, and click on the Registry for Good button.


TPD Holiday Toy Drive

2021 Dates TBD


The Santa Community Project 

*Canceled for 2020* The Mother’s Group Inc. sponsors this annual event, which brings a Black 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 made through PayPal here. For more information or to donate books, find them at themothersgroup.org/.


Stock the Station

2021 Details TBD


The Arc of Oklahoma

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2516 E 71st St A, Tulsa
918.582.8272

The Arc of Oklahoma (formerly TARC) is a statewide nonprofit that promotes and protects the human rights of Oklahomans with intellectual and developmental disabilities and actively supports their full inclusion and participation in the community throughout their lifetimes.Learn more at TheArcOK.org.

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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 

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. Details for the 2021 holiday party are TBD. Find more information at tsha.cc.


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 tulsadaycenter.org and other volunteer opportunities can be found at tulsadaycenter.org/give-help/volunteer/.


Tulsa Symphony

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117 N. Boston Ave. Suite 201, Tulsa
918.584.3645

Mission: The Tulsa Symphony Orchestra is a vital community service organization that entertains, educates, heals, and inspires through musical excellence, innovation, and collaboration.

Tulsa Symphony resonates throughout the Tulsa community and Northeastern Oklahoma as the professional orchestra that educates, entertains, and inspires through creative and innovative programming. Tulsa Symphony prides itself on enriching the Tulsa community and beyond through musical excellence, education and community service. Serving as the cornerstone of the arts in Tulsa, Tulsa Symphony partners and collaborates with Tulsa Ballet, Tulsa Chorale, Philbrook Museum, Gilcrease Museum and Oklahoma Aquarium. A leader in classical music and music education, TSO presents over 30 major performances per season which touch over 55,000 people in the Northeast Oklahoma region. At the forefront of the orchestra is artistic integrity, collaborating with artists such as Wynton Marsalis, Joshua Bell, Amy Grant, Eric Whitacre, Sarah Coburn, Yefim Bronfman, Rachel Barton Pine, Robin Sutherland, and Hanson.

my.tulsasymphony.org/donate/q/tulsakids

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Tulsa Zoo

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Photo courtesy of Tulsa Zoo

6421 E. 36th St. N., Tulsa
918.669.6600

You can help enrich the lives of Tulsa Zoo animals by purchasing wish list item(s) from their Amazon store. Items can be shipped directly to the zoo for wildlife to enjoy!

Enrichment is fun to watch, but it’s also part of the daily care of animals at the zoo. Enrichment helps to encourage natural behaviors, keep animals mentally and physically healthy while creating an engaging experience for zoo guests.

On behalf of the Tulsa Zoo, thank you for your commitment to wildlife education and conservation.

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Youth Services of Tulsa: Gifts of Hope

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. For teens who haven’t had a chance to fill out a wishlist, you can choose items from a list provided by YST, creating a gift bag that will be distributed to each individual. Learn more at www.yst.org/holiday-assistance.

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.


YMCA Winter Coat Drive

2021 Details TBD


YWCA Wish Upon a Star Initiative

2021 Details TBD

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