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. 2019

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.

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 (such as paint brushes, canvas and scissors); fitness equipment (such as yoga straps, new basketballs and harness wheelchair racing gloves); and smaller, miscellaneous items (such as Avery labels and household cleaning supplies). Find the full Wish List here: https://www.tulsacenter.org/how-to-help/donate/donate-item-equipment/

*The Center will host a holiday market on Saturday, November 23, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. There will also be a Wish Tree at this event. Learn more here

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, Coloring Books, Backpacks, School Supplies, Stuffed Animals (new), etc.

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

For more information, call 918-624-0200 or email info@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 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.


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.


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 monetary donations.

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.

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.


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

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. This Holiday season the Little Light House welcomes you to stop by and pick up an item from the Wish Trees located in both lobbies. These items are needs that Little Light House has for the classrooms and administrative departments. While you’re there, you could sign up to attend one of Little Light House’s monthly community luncheons where you will receive a tour, complimentary lunch, and a testimonial from one of the parents. Little Light House is open Monday-Friday 8:00-4:00 and closed December 12, 13, 24, 25, 26, & 31.

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


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!


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 or to donate books, find them at http://themothersgroup.org/.


Stock the Station

From November 12-December 13, drop off non-perishable food items to any Tulsa Fire Station, Tulsa Police Station Tulsa City-County Regional Library, or the Community Food Bank of Oklahoma. Donations will go to the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma. Most needed items include canned fruit, meal kits, peanut butter and canned protein. 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).

Regional Libraries are: Central Library (400 Civic Center), Hardesty Library (8316 E. 93rd St.), Martin Regional Library (2601 S. Garnett Rd.), Zarrow Regional Library (2224 W. 51st St.) and Rudisill Regional Library (1520 N. Hartford Ave.)


TAPC’s Christmas for Kids Program

There are about 1,400 children in foster care in Tulsa county. Help make their holiday season brighter by sponsoring a child, donating money, or purchasing an item from Tulsa Advocates for the Protection of Children’s (TAPC) Amazon wish list.

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

To donate or volunteer, please  email cfk@tapchelps.org or 918-764-9187.


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. Mother Road Market (1124 S. Lewis Ave.) will have a Toys for Tots donation bin from November 1 through December 12.


TSHA 

*Awaiting updated information for 2019. 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.


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/give-help/volunteer/.


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 at their annual Holiday Party.

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.


Toy Drives

Candy Castle: Starting Nov. 1, bring unwrapped toys to Candy Castle (525 S. Main St.) and receive a ticket to win a $600 gift card to Wal-Mart. Toys will be donated to Family & Children’s Services. The gift card winner will be chosen at a special holiday event on Dec. 7.

Bixby Outreach Center: From Nov. 1-Dec. 13, Bixby Outreach Center is hosting a Christmas Toy Drive! Find details, including suggested items and drop-off locations, here.

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