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:
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Amplify is advancing youth sexual health and well-being through collaboration, education, and advocacy. Amplify is the collective impact agency for adolescent sexual health in Tulsa and provides training and resources to school and community-based organizations to educate and support youth, parents, and other trusted adults. Tulsa County’s teen birth numbers have declined 56% in the last decade, alongside the expansion of effective, evidence-based sexual health education programs and services. When young people are given accurate information, they make the healthiest decisions for themselves. Our vision is to create vibrant communities with informed youth and equitable access.
2516 E 71st St A, Tulsa
Oklahomans of all genders, racial backgrounds, ages and financial situations are touched by disability. When we build a better community for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD), we build a better world for all of us. For 70 years, we have provided supports, services, advocacy, and programs for Oklahomans with IDD and their families. With your help, we grow stronger. Give today at TheArcOK.org.
6705 E. 81st. St., Suite 120, Tulsa
Bair is a Faith-based Therapeutic Foster Care Ministry right here in Tulsa, Oklahoma! Bair is in desperate need of families who are willing and able to open their home to 1-2 children and adolescent children that are in the foster system. A home for the holidays is the best gift a child can receive. If you aren’t able to provide a home, Bair accepts gift cards to provide to foster families when a child is placed in their home. Gift cards are easy for us to have on hand and provide to families for help with groceries, pajamas, socks, school supplies, etc.
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 to The Center to help them continue offering these programs. Contributions can be “restricted,” meaning they go to specific programming, etc., as specified by the donor, or unrestricted, to the general benefit of The Center. Learn more at tulsacenter.org/get-involved/donate/
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.
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If you would like to make a donation, please contact Director of Development Kayla Vaughn, firstname.lastname@example.org, or (918) 624-0200 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.
For more information, call 918.902.1374 or 918.951.7407.
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 31.
Counseling & Recovery Services’ mission is “Building better lives and promoting personal dignity within our community through integrated wellness, behavioral health and substance abuse services – inclusive and accessible to all.” Support their mission and important programs for youth and adults at crsok.org/donate
Discovery Lab opened a 57,000-square-foot world-class facility in Gathering Place park in January 2022 that is transformative for Tulsa’s children and families, and responds to a compelling educational need in the community. The museum projects to impact more than 300,000 children and families each year at the new site.
Exhibits and programming encourage the development of executive function and process skills, including critical thinking, problem solving, communication, collaboration, creativity, and innovation. Educational content focuses on Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math (STEAM), with a mission to inspire children, connect families, and build community through exploration, exhibits, programming, and play. Donate at discoverylab.org/donate.
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; 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 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, car seats, etc. Learn more at eistulsa.org/donate
Give the gift of joy to families in need this holiday season.
Our Holiday Assistance program gives overburdened families the happiest of holidays, turning a stressful season into a joyous one. You can help by adopting a family in need or donating any of the following items to our Santa Shop:
- Toys, books and games for kids of all ages
- Gifts for teens
- HUGS (hats, underwear, gloves and socks)
- Clothing, coats and pajamas
- Small household items and toiletries
- Monetary gifts/grocery cards
We welcome donations through December 15, 2022 at Family & Children’s Services’ Lapidus Children’s Center, 650 S. Peoria Ave.
1304 N. Kenosha Ave., Tulsa
Nearly 1 in 6 Oklahomans are struggling daily with food insecurity. The Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma provides much-needed relief to families struggling to choose between keeping the lights on and putting food on the table. We are working every day with our community, local farmers, and partners to get families the food they need. Your dollar goes further because we leverage our relationships, and 97% of it goes directly towards hunger relief.
Give today to help ensure no family goes hungry this holiday season.
917 W. Broadway, Muskogee
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. 3 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 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 (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 at fosteringconnectionsok.org/fostering-joy
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.
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 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.
6235 E. 13th St., Tulsa
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.
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 at donate.john316mission.org/for/102od/
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 littlelighthouse.org .
These wish list items can also be found on the Little Light House Amazon Wish List, amazon.com/gp/registry/wishlist/HKW1D75LJ68A/ref=cm_wl_huc_view
Living Arts’ mission is to present and develop contemporary art in Tulsa, Oklahoma. We believe boundary-breaking art is essential within a diverse arts-ecology and a catalyst for social change. We are interested in evolving ideas, engendering new art forms, exploring the relationship of art to other disciplines and fields of knowledge, and empowering the community through creative workshops, performances, exhibitions, films, demonstrations of current art, lectures and educational activities. Since 1969, Living Arts has been a platform for artistic integrity and experimentation. We produce cultural history-in-the-making.
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 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 mealsonwheelstulsa.org/volunteer and mealsonwheelstulsa.org/donate.
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. Details are available at oklahoma.gov/okdhs/services/foster/holidayhope2022.html
1831 E. 71st St., Tulsa
The Opportunity Scholarship Fund (OSF) helps low-income Oklahoma families bridge the financial gap between what they can afford and what is best suited for their student for specialized PreK-12 education.
Give the gift of education this holiday season at osfkids.org/donate. You’ll receive big tax credits and deductions, and you’ll make a major impact on children’s lives!
Choose a specific school or designate your contribution to support KIDS IN CRISIS. This fund provides financial assistance to children who need to immediately switch learning environments due to severe social, emotional, physical or educational needs.
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: 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 readingpartners.org or call 918-949-1979 today!
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.
The City of Tulsa will kick-off its 12th Annual Stock the Station Food Drive on Monday, Nov. 7, to help Tulsans in need this holiday season.
Residents can drop off non-perishable food items to any Tulsa Fire station, Tulsa Police station, and Tulsa City-County Regional Library from Nov. 7 – Dec. 9.
The Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma will be the recipient of food and donations collected by the food drive and will be able to deliver goods to 100 Partner Programs located in Tulsa.
Teens Excelling Beyond Foundation is hosting its first Christmas Party. They are expecting to serve 150 girls, ages 10-18, and plan to send each girl home with a special gift. If you’d like to donate, please contact Cassandra Prear at 918.815.4270, email@example.com. Or, you can donate through our webpage at teensexcelling.com
To help spread some holiday cheer to children who are in foster care at no fault of their own, TFI is hosting a Giving Tree to provide gifts to Oklahoma children in foster care. This Giving Tree is a great and convenient way for the community to donate presents to local children in need.
To sign up and make a child smile this Christmas, please visit Group Page: TFI Oklahoma | SignUp.com.
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 at broken-arrow-ok.toysfortots.org/local-coordinator-sites/lco-sites/default.aspx?nPageID=300&nPreviewInd=400&nRedirectInd=3
2502 E. 71st St. S., Tulsa
The Grief Center is a nonprofit providing individual counseling, group counseling, and loss-specific groups at its clinic in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Off-site services include community crisis response and grief outreach to local organizations.
Grieving Oklahoma children and teens receive support through the clinic or school-based grief services like Healing Hearts Club, a school-specific loss group partnering with five area school districts. Additional youth outreach includes Camp Erin Tulsa, a free weekend summer camp for grieving youth.
This holiday season, give the gift of hope of healing to grieving hearts across Green Country by supporting The Grief Center’s mission.
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 2022 holiday party are TBD. Find more information at tsha.cc.
1212 E. 45th Pl., Tulsa
Hope for the Holidays is a benefit performance of the holiday classic, The Nutcracker, staged especially for the clients of Tulsa-area social services agencies. Since 2000, Tulsa Ballet has provided this program at no cost to thousands of individuals in the Tulsa community. At Hope for the Holidays, The Tulsa Performing Arts Center is packed full of families who could not otherwise afford to attend a performance but are eager to experience the magic of Tulsa Ballet. Sponsor a child or family to attend The Nutcracker this December. https://secure.givelively.org/
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/.
- High school student campus ambassador program
- Financial aid and scholarship supports
- FAFSA resources for current and future students
117 N. Boston Ave. Suite 201, Tulsa
The Tulsa Symphony Orchestra is proud to celebrate 16 years as a vital community service organization that entertains, advocates, heals and inspires through musical excellence, innovation and collaboration. Serving as the cornerstone of the arts in Tulsa, the TSO 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 renowned artists such as Wynton Marsalis, Joshua Bell, Amy Grant, Eric Whitacre, Yefim Bronfman, and Hanson. For additional information about TSO, please visit our website at www.TulsaSymphony.org.
Entering its 60th season, the Tulsa Youth Symphony is a 501(c)(3) organization founded in 1963 with a stated mission to provide advanced musical training and exceptional performance opportunities to our community’s future leaders. Our goal is to improve problem-solving skills, stimulate creativity, expand the imagination, and instill a love and passion for music thereby developing an ability to recognize beauty and formulate an appreciation for the arts. Check out our website to explore new opportunities for young musicians through TYS! tulsayouthsymphony.org
6421 E. 36th St. N., Tulsa
You can help enrich the lives of Tulsa Zoo animals! From Art Untamed, to our ADOPT program or our Animals’ Amazon Wishlist, each one provides a unique form of enrichment for animals to enjoy!
Enrichment is fun to watch, but it’s also part of the daily care of the 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 Tulsa Zoo, thank you for your commitment to wildlife, education and conservation.
Spread holiday cheer by giving the gift of accessibility this season through the Under The Canopy Nature Program Equity and Inclusion Scholarship! Your monetary gift will make our eco-education available to even more children across Tulsa! We are also accepting gifts of gently used winter gear in sizes 3T-12 years.
311 S. Madison Ave., Tulsa
It’s in the name. We serve Tulsa’s homeless and at-risk youth!
Youth Services of Tulsa (YST) has helped Tulsa area youth and their families since 1969. YST constantly adapts to stay on top of the increasingly complex needs of young people, ages 12 to 24.
The holidays can be the most difficult times for youth living in poverty and for homeless youth without a family. You can help by joining us for Gifts of Hope. Donations made to Gifts of Hope help brighten the holidays by providing gifts to youth and their families in need. To donate cash, go to yst.org/holiday-assistance. To donate items, check out our wish list here: yst.org/wishlist.