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 email@example.com.
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.
Broken Arrow FOP Lodge 170: Raffle for Cops and Kids
Purchase a $5 raffle ticket at the Public Safety Headquarters (1101 N. 6th St., Broken Arrow), any time between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. by December 4. Money from raffle sales will be used towards the Cops and Kids program, where police officers are paired with a child to shop with for Christmas! The raffle drawing will be held December 4 at 4 p.m. at Broken Arrow Pawn, 211 E. Kenosha St. Various prizes.
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 new basketballs and harness wheelchair racing gloves); and horitucltural items (such as cafeteria trays and planters). Find the full Wish List here: https://www.tulsacenter.org/how-to-help/donate/donate-item-equipment/
Christian Ministers Alliance, Inc.
*Awaiting 2020 Information*
You can help by donating toys (including bikes, LEGOs, block sets, baby dolls, art supplies and educational toys) or food (such as turkeys, hams, chickens, bacon, sweet potatoes, 20 lb. bags of potatoes, light bread and bicsuits, milk, etc.)
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.
For more information, call 918-624-0200 or email firstname.lastname@example.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 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.
D.V.I.S. (Domestic Violence Intervention Services)
Adopt a family affected by domestic violence or sexual assault this holiday season. Once you sign up to adopt a family, D.V.I.S. will send you a wish list. If you are unable to shop for items on the list, you have the option of purchasing a gift card, and D.V.I.S. can do the shopping for you. Learn more and sign up here.
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.
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), text FOSTERINGJOY to 44321 or order from Fostering Connections’ Target Wish List. Learn more or sign up here.
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.
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.
- 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
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 to Adopt-A-Wish to general monetary donations to hosting your own holiday toy drive. If you’re interested in hosting a holiday toy drive, Make A Wish Oklahoma has a Toy Drive Tool Kit available at oklahoma.wish.org/ways-to-help/giving/in-kind. If you don’t host a toy drive, you can still donate toys and gift cards to help grant wishes to kids in Oklahoma. Suggested items include items related to Oklahoma sports teams, board games, costume jewelry, books, etc. Learn more and find a complete Amazon wish list at oklahoma.wish.org/ways-to-help/giving/in-kind.
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 multiple community organizations across the state 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 all Oklahomans work and live, and although things will operate differently this year, it has not impacted the ability for OKDHS and others to bring the magic of the season to children in foster care and their foster families.
“It’s incredibly important to me that kids who are in foster care understand that they are seen and valued,” said Dr. Deborah Shropshire, OKDHS Child Welfare Director. “Like everything we do now, the holidays are going to be a time where we just have to be willing to get creative and improvise to keep the magic alive. COVID-19 has certainly impacted our work and how our community partners operate. Even though things might look a little different this year, we’re deeply thankful to the donors who continue to rally to generously support our children and families to bring joy and a sense of normal during the holiday season.”
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.
Oklahoma needs more families to step forward to foster local children in state custody, particularly those in large sibling groups, teens and children with behavioral health needs. Families interested in learning more about foster care or applying to become a certified foster family may visit okfosters.org to be connected to a recruiter in their area, or visit okbenefits.org to make application immediately. Follow the prompts on the website to make application or call 1-800-376-9729 to speak to someone by phone. Interested Oklahomans may also visit ourokdhs.org to raise their hand and join the agency’s efforts to better serve the community through innovation and collaborative partnerships.
The Parent Child Center of Tulsa
The Parent Child Center of Tulsa’s wish list includes developmental toys for children ages 0-12, family outing passes (tickets to the Tulsa Zoo or Oklahoma Aquarium), diapers, formula, books, postage stamps, etc. Find the full list here: https://www.parentchildcenter.org/giveget-involved/wishlist.
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!
“Every child deserves to experience the joy of Christmas morning. The Salvation Army Angel Tree program helps provide Christmas gifts for hundreds of thousands of children around the country each year. Once a child or senior adult has been registered and accepted as an Angel their Christmas wish list is shared with donors in our community who purchase gifts of new clothing and toys. The gifts are distributed to the family to place under their family Christmas tree.
Visit Woodland Hills Mall to adopt a child or senior off the Angel Tree. Volunteers are on hand to help you select your Angel and accept donations. Once you have completed your shopping for your Angel please bring back the new and unwrapped gifts to the tree for drop off.
The Angel Tree is located lower level in the Macy’s court. Visit during mall hours starting Saturday, November 7th through Thursday, December 10th.”
TPD Holiday Toy Drive
Gathering Place has partnered with the Tulsa Police Department and the Tulsa Police Department Foundation to host a Drive-Thru Holiday Toy Drive to support TPD’s Random Acts of Kindness this holiday season. The TPD Holiday Toy Drive will run from 11:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M. beginning Monday, November 30th through Friday, December 11th. Tulsans are welcome to drop off new, unwrapped toys from the safety of their vehicle by driving through the Williams Lodge Loop at Gathering Place. Toy donations will also be accepted at the Guest Services desk located inside the Williams Lodge during normal Park hours.
All toy donations collected during the two-week TPD Holiday Toy Drive will benefit TPD’s Random Acts of Kindness and provide officers the opportunity to surprise Tulsa kids with toy gifts during the holiday season.
“This toy drive won’t just impact the kids who receive these toys for Christmas but it will also impact our officers as they go out and find those in our community with the greatest needs,” says Roger Chasteen, TPD Foundation Chairman. “None of this could be possible if it wasn’t for the generosity of citizens in Tulsa. It is an honor to support our officers and citizens alike during the holiday season.”
The TPD Holiday Toy Drive will be carried out with special attention to ensure everyone’s safety. Gathering place asks that when dropping off new, unwrapped toy gifts, please observe health and safety guidelines, like wearing a mask, maintaining social distance, and remaining in the vehicle.
“2020 has indeed been a challenging year on so many fronts,” says Tony Moore, Executive Director of Gathering Place. “Thank you Tulsa Police Department for still finding a way to bring holiday joy to Tulsa kids who need it most.”
If you cannot make it to the TPD Holiday Toy Drive but would still like to support TPD’s Random Acts of Kindness, please consider a tax-deductible monetary donation to the TPD Foundation HERE.
For more information on the TPD Holiday Toy Drive, please visit www.tpdfoundation.org
*Canceled for 2020* 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 [Virtual]
The City of Tulsa’s annual Stock the Station food drive benefiting the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma kicks off November 9 and will run through December 11. However, instead of dropping off food items, Tulsa-area residents are encouraged to donate monetarily directly to the food bank. Just $1 can be used to make four meals. Learn more and donate here.
The Arc of Oklahoma
The Arc of Oklahoma (formerly TARC) provides services free-of-charge that benefit people with disabilities and their families. These services include family support, grief support, advocacy (both for individuals and at the policy level), etc. TARC accepts financial and automobile donations year-round. Learn more at ddadvocay.net.
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. The 2020 TSHA Holiday Party will be a drive-through event on December 5. Find more information at tsha.cc.
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/.
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.
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. Gifts of Hope will begin November 2020. 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
2020 Details TBD
2020 Dates: November 13-December 14. Adopt a family or choose from the YWCA’s Wish Upon a Star wish list! Wish Upon a Star is a joint initiative through the YWCA, Strong Tomorrows and Tulsa Birth Initiative; it provides holiday to disadvantaged and/or underserved teen mothers. Learn more here.