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 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, underwear, toiletries, adult coloring books and colored pencils, gloves 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 (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 Ministers Alliance, Inc.
The non-profit Christian Ministers Alliance provides holiday food baskets for families from 60 Tulsa Public Schools, eight Union Schools, Bixby Schools and Low Income Families. Christmas baskets will be distributed on Friday, December 20, beginning at 6 p.m., at the Booker T. Washington Historical Building, 1631 E. Woodrow St. in Tulsa.
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 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.
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 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
- 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
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
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.
*Don’t Miss: Make A Wish Oklahoma’s Stories of Light Radiothon with KRMG Nov. 19-21 at LaFortune Park. Learn more here.
The Parent Child Center of Tulsa
Project Joy is The Parent Child Center of Tulsa’s annual holiday giving initiative. They present parents or guardians of children they are currently serving with a stocking filled with useful items. To participate, purchase a stocking that is 14.5×8.75 inches that is red with white trim (you can find these at Hobby Lobby). Then, fill your stocking with the following: 1 tube of Chapstick, an 8-pack box of crayons, a gender-neutral child’s winter hat, gender-neutral child’s winter socks, gender-neutral child’s winter gloves, a children’s book (should be small enough to fit in the stocking), and a $20 gift card from Target, WalMart or QuikTrip.
Filled stockings can be delivered to The Parent Child Center of Tulsa. Email email@example.com to schedule your drop-off some time between November 18-27, 2019. Please include a label on your stocking detailing whether it is for a child 2 years or younger, 2-5 years old or 6-12 years old. Learn more about The Parent Child Center of Tulsa at parentchildcenter.org.
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.
To donate or volunteer, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or 918-764-9187.
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. Mother Road Market (1124 S. Lewis Ave.) will have a Toys for Tots donation bin from November 1 through December 12.
*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/.
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 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.
YMCA Winter Coat Drive
The YMCA of Greater Tulsa is hosting a Winter Coat Drive in partnership with Tulsa Public Schools. Bring new or gently used coats, sized for children and youth ages 4 to 20, to the Downtown YMCA, Hutcherson Family YMCA or Tandy Family YMCA through November 29.
You can also donate to the YMCA of Greater Tulsa year-round to help the organization continue providing quality programming to youth in the Tulsa area. Learn more at ymcatulsa.org/supporting-ymca.
YWCA Wish Upon a Star Initiative
YWCA’s inaugural Wish Upon a Star Initiative is a way to serve disadvantaged and/or underserved teen moms during the holiday season. The YWCA is collecting gifts for teen moms at its Patti Johnson Wilson Center location (1910 S. Lewis Ave.). High-need items include baby coats, baby clothing, baby wipes, diapers, bath toys, baby carriers, gift cards for food and gas, cabinet locks, outlet covers, night lights and safety gates. The YWCA requests that all donated items be new and unwrapped. Learn more at ywcatulsa.org or at facebook.com/ywcatulsa.
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.