A few of the places in the Tulsa area where you can donate toys for kids this Christmas (2012)

Help us build a list of places that are  collecting toys and more for the needy in and around the Tulsa area.

SALVATION ARMY  

Angel Tree- Tulsa Promenade or Woodland Hills Mall Through Wednesday, December 12, 2012.

 Angel Tree Stats for 2012:  8,570 children names  on the Angel trees, and 591 Elder Angels.

The 4,200 Angel Tree families will receive food baskets with fresh fruit, milk, eggs and canned goods, when they come to pick up the Angels gifts. When a family signs up for the Angel Tree program, not only do the children receive toys, the whole family receives a half of a carload of food called ” a food basket” The food  includes fresh dairy and produce as well as a full Christmas dinner with all the trimmings. It’s enough food to feed a family of four for two weeks!  The families usually hear about the program from a social service agency where they are already receiving assistance.

Sponsors: Each year, sponsors ranging from neighborhood associations to private companies volunteer to place “Angel Trees” in high-traffic areas within their community, organization or office. Salvation Army will collect the gifts for distribution along with food and meals to help needy families enjoy the holiday season.Read more here: Angel Tree on k955fm.com

In 2010 3500 families in the Tulsa area had children who had a wish list on the Angel Tree, with 7,000 kids as this  Letter to the Editor from  Salvation Army Tulsa area commander shows:   When I wake up this Christmas morning, I will be blessed with the vision of a child from a needy family opening his toy. Every Christmas I think, “Without the Salvation Army, he may not have had anything to open. And Tulsa, without you, we could not have provided a toy for that child or the 6,999 other children who opened gifts on Christmas morning.)

Now,check out these adorable kids: Angel Tree Gives Homeless Tulsa Family Christmas Joy – KOTV.com  A Parent of some children who received…..”It makes me happy because they got everything they wanted.”)

TOY RUNS, DRIVES AND COLLECTIONS IN AND AROUND TULSA, OKLAHOMA:

  • Cimarron Valley Toy Run.  Oklahoma’s Longest and Fastest Toy Run and Pawnee County’s Original Toy Run. Saturday Nov. 6, 2012, Line Up is at Noon, at the new Cleveland Wal-Mart, Leave @ 1:00pm Ride, Drive, or Run to Pawnee D.H.S. To deliver New Unwrapped Toys For the Needy Children  24th Annual
  • Depew Oklahoma Toy Run November 10, 2012 Downtown Depew, OK, USA.  Come out and ride with us for the kids!
  • Hannah Christian and Cassidy Rotramel Memorial Toy Run ~Sponsored by The Salvation Army and Tulsa Community College November 10, 2012             Tulsa, Oklahoma 3rd AnnualThe toy run starts at TCC West Campus, 7505 W 41st Street South in Tulsa. Registration is from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm and the motorcycles go out at 12:30 pm. The ride will be collecting toys for the Sand Springs area Salvation Army and the TCC West Campus, Angel Tree. This is a way to honor Hannah and Cassidy and to keep their memory alive.  For more information call (918) 855-4240, click here to send e-mail, or go to http://www.facebook.com/2AngelsToyRun.
  • Good Wheel Riders Toy Run November 11, 2012   Catoosa, Oklahoma   The toy run starts at Rogers Point Park in Catoosa. Line up begins at 12:00 pm and the motorcycles leave at 2:00 pm. Please bring an unwrapped toy and non-perishable food items. The ride ends with food, door prizes, and 50/50 drawing. All toys and food will be donated to the Catoosa Angel Tree. For more information call (918) 282-3417,
  • Guts Church Toy Run | Saturday, November 17th at 11am On Saturday, the Guts Church Motorcycle Club will be hosting a Toy Run to benefit the Guts Church Distribution Center and local families in need. The ride will begin at the Guts Church Distribution Center in Tulsa, OK. Entry to the ride is a nice toy (no stuffed animals, please) or some canned goods.
  • Three Rivers Toy Run, Curt’s Mall @ noon, Muskogee, OK Nov. 18
  • Three Sands Toy Run, 9:30am, Lowes, Ponca City, Ok  Nov. 24
  • Lakes Area Toy Run, American Legion, Pryor, Ok  Nov. 24
  • Camp Victory Toy Run To benefit the Mannford Angel Tree and local children affected by wildfires in the area. 4001 S Hwy 97, Sand Springs, OK  Open to all motorcycles, hot rods, classic cars, and customs.Ride leaves out at11:00 and ends in Mannford, OK with free chili and cornbread.No entry fee – Bring a new, unwrapped toy Bryan 918-865-7402  December 1
  • Cosmo’s 3rd Ever Toy Run  December 1, 2012 12:00 Forman Harley-Davidson 3512 S. Boomer Road, Stillwater, OK, 74074, United States 405) 377-0045
  • Dec 2, 2012Tulsa Toy Run – Tulsa, Oklahoma Sponsored by Tulsa Dream Center and Tulsa Big Wheels Motorcycle & Car Club The toy run starts at 400 N. Greenwood in Tulsa. The bikes will leave at 2:00 pm. The fee is a new unwrapped toy. The run ends with food. For more information call (918) 313-1521.
  • Camp Victory Toy Run, Tractor Supply, Sand Springs, ride fee is a new, unwrapped toy, (918) 865-7402, e-mail: 20111203.1768no@lets-ride.com Dec. 3:
  •  5Cs Toy Run, 1st Assembly Church of God, Tahlequah, OK, (918) 458-1469, duvallstrans@att.net Dec. 4:
  • Rolling Thunder Annual Toy Run     Broken Arrow, Oklahoma December 8, 2012 Sponsored by Rolling Thunder Ok 1 The toy run starts at Blue Bell Creameries, 81st and Hwy 51 in Broken Arrow. Registration begins at 10:30 am and the motorcycles leave at 11:30 am. Please bring unwrapped new toys. The bikes will open the Coweta Christmas Parade. The run ends in Coweta with homemade soup and cornbread. For more information call (918) 486-7770, or click here to send e-mail
  • Smoke Eaters Toy Run 12th Annual December 8, 2012      Kellyville, Oklahoma   Sponsored by Kellyville Volunteer Fire Dept. The toy run starts at Simple Simonon Pizza on Route 66 in Kellyville.  Registration begins at 10:00 am and the motorcycles go out at 11:00 am. The motorcycles will be leading the Kellyville Christmas Parade with the toy run. The ride is approximately 4 miles and ends with coffee, hot chocolate, cookies, and door prize drawings for participants. The ride will be benefitting the children of the Kellyville area.
  • Okmulgee’s 1st Annual Christmas Toy Run December 8, 2012      Okmulgee, Oklahoma   Sponsored by Salvation Army and Crosstown Pentecostal Church. The toy run starts at Wal-Mart Supercenter, 1800 South Wood Dr. in Okmulgee.  Line up begins at 11:00 am and the motorcycles leave at 12:00 pm. The ride fee is an unwrapped gifts for kids of all ages. The ride ends with food and refreshments. For more information call Marianne Payne at (918) 759-8946.
  • Olive Toy Run December 15, 2012       Cushing, Oklahoma Sponsored by Olive Baptist Church The ride stats at the Cushing Wal-Mart Parking Lot. Motorcycles go out at 11:00 am. The ride will benefit Olive, Mannford and Drumright area children. For more information call (918) 770-5257 or click here to send e-mail.
  • Tulsa Toy Run Sponsored by Tulsa Dream Center and Tulsa Big Wheels Motorcycle & Car Club  http://www.lets-ride.com/event/Tulsa-Toy-Run.Tulsa-Oklahoma.30479.htm

TOY DRIVES

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“TOYS FOR TOTS” TOY RUNS, CRUISES AND DROP-OFF LOCATIONS

    • ABATE Toys for Tots Toy Run December 9, 2012   2 p.m.   Fairgrounds (15th & New Haven) to Blue Dome District (2nd & Elgin) Anticipated Attendance: 10,000+ Contact: Dona Harrold @ 918-636-1136 http://www.abateoftulsa.org   In 2011 33,750 toys from this run which benefited U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots program were donated to more than 23,000 families. “One of the worst things as a kid is not to get what you want for Christmas…..” Toys for Tots, which gives to families who receive government assistance, attempts to give at least two or three toys to every family and child. http://www.tulsaworld.com/news/article.aspx?subjectid=11&articleid=20121210_11_A1_ULNSvo202831&allcom=1 Each biker is expected to bring at least one unwrapped gift (many bring more), resulting in thousands of toys being collected and given to children in need.  Past donations have included bicycles, games, sporting goods, dolls and gift cards, organizers have said.
    • Toys for Tots Toy Cruise December 8, 2012 11:30 a.m.  101st & Memorial (Target) to 31st & Memorial (Jim Glover) Jim Glover Chevrolet Contact  Jared Glover @ 918-691-5710   http://www.jimgloverchevy.com
    • QT is a Toys for Tots drop-off location. You can leave new, unwrapped toy donations at any QuikTrip store!  QuikTrip Corporation donates the tons of toys employees and customers  collectfor their  annual Toys for Tots drive.(Just look at what a wonderful thing QT customers and employees did in 2009: Full story: News on 6 Tulsa
    • See all the Toy’s for Tots locations in Oklahoma
    • Toys for Tots ride in North Tulsa  is set for Dec. 15 – Tulsa World About 200 horse riders from more than half a dozen area round-up, and other horse-riding clubs are expected to participate.  The ride will end at the North Mabee Boys and Girls Club at 3001 N. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Riders are encouraged to bring at least one unwrapped toy to donate to Toys for Tots.

MORE TOYS

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A few from http://www.facebook.com/salarmytulsa

  • Mod’s Coffee & Crepes every Thursday until Christmas  Mod’s is donating 25% of its sales from 4pm-10pm to help get donations for our “forgotten angels.” These are angels on our angel trees that are either left on the tree, or not returned.
  • Firststar Bank in Muskogee is helping with the Angel Tree there.

In addition to the Angel Tree, which allows shoppers to “adopt” someone in need of a gift Salvation Army holiday programs include the bell ringers, the Neediest Family Campaign.  Numerous toy runs and toy drives by many, many generous people help  collect toys.

  • Neediest Families Fund Drive | Tulsa World and Salvation Army  2011- $314,000.00 was raised, in  2010- $339,277 was raised,  $320,977 was raised in  2009,  and in 2008, the fund collected $414,456.
  • Red Kettle (“bell-ringers” ): 2009 -$538,000 surpassing its $500,000 goal.
    2010 The Kettle Campaign raised $608,000 in 2010 (Haven’t found the 2011 update yet but found the singing bell ringer. ) Red Kettle Kickoff at Reasors  was a great success, with $6520.01 collected on the first day of ringing! We’re well on our way to our goal of $650,000 for 2012!   The change put into the kettle  will be doubled on the next THREE Saturdays!    Aaon has pledged to match every kettle donation on Saturday, December 8th up to $5,000. This means if you put in $1, it will turn into $2.   Tulsa Gold & Silver will match kettle donations on December 15th up to $10,000 and on December 22nd up to $15,000!!
  • Set up your own, personal Red Kettle at www.onlineredkettle.org! Set a goal, build a team, do good!

Salvation Army buys warehouse for Christmas use | North America article dated Nov. 12, 2010–The Salvation Army’s Tulsa Area Command  new Christmas headquarters -bought  a $1.1 million building in the White City neighborhood (924 S. Hudson Ave) to store and distribute the pallets of food and thousands of toys it collects for needy people and families each year. In 2009  5,200 families registered for Christmas assistance.   The building  includes offices and an 85,000-square-foot warehouse. The newly purchased building will house the offices of four Salvation Army churches, the Christmas Joy assistance program and the Boys & Girls Clubs. It also will be used to store disaster relief  equipment.   The agency will use the warehouse this Christmas season to distribute food and toys to needy people and families.” The Salvation Army’s services for homeless people will remain at the Center of Hope homeless shelter and social services center at 102 N. Denver Ave.
Angel Tree sign up locations:

  • Bartlesville 101 N Bucy (918) 336-6454 Serves Washington and Osage Counties.
  • Broken Arrow 1400 W Washington St, Broken Arrow (918) 258-7545 Do not bring any children to application or distribution       days. • Provides assistance for families of children ages 0 – 12 years of age. Applications accepted on first- come, first-served basis up to 500 families. • Must bring current photo ID,   Call information line for accepted documents. •
  • Sapulpa 1721 S Hickory St (918) 224-4415  Sign-up for   Christmas Assistance  Must bring photo ID, Social Security cards for all household members, birth certificates/guardianship papers for children, proof of all income and proof of residence in Creek County. • If one receives Food Stamps, then must bring Food Stamp approval letter or benefits letter. • Distribution information will be given at sign-up. (Verify.)
  • Muskogee 615 S Main, Muskogee (918) 682-3384  Sign-up for Christmas Assistance, Angel Tree and Food Baskets is open M – F, October 19 – 30, 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. • Must provide photo ID and Social Security cards, birth certificates for children 12 and under. • If client receives DHS assistance, must bring HA screen from DHS. • If no DHS Assistance, must also have proof of all income, current check stub, and proof of all bills. • Distribution information given at sign-up.
  • Salvation Army Center of Hope 102 N Denver, Tulsa (918) 582-7201  The Salvation Army- 601 N. Main/ 583-6119/ www.salvationarmytulsa.org
  • Sand Springs Charles Page Corps Community Center 4403 S 129th W Ave, Sand Springs (918) 245-2237;Tulsa County Social Services 2401 Charles Page Blvd., Tulsa (918) 596-5580

I like what Salvation Army had on their Facebook page: The book titled, “Why Good Things Happen to Good People” says that research shows we are hardwired to feel good when we do good! Your body creates more dopamine when you take part in altruistic behaviors.

BICYCLES TO BE GIVEN AWAY

See also Gifts of Hope for Bikes

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http://www.tulsacan.org/about.htm Each year Cornerstone and AM-1170 KFAQ team up to raise funds on-air to purchase thousands of Christmas turkeys. Churches then deliver full Christmas dinners to hurting families in their neighborhoods. While in the homes, churches wish families a Merry Christmas and offer them the opportunity to have a happy New Year by receiving life-transformation support to leave poverty.

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Charities to give to: You should pick them–They should not pick you.

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How Can I Find Families that Need Help at Christmas? A good way to find families with needs at Christmas is through word-of-mouth. There may be co-workers who have suffered recent personal losses and might appreciate a charitable gesture. Local newspapers often publish articles on the plight of families who have lost everything due to fire or other natural disasters. Fellow church members or ministers may also know of families in need, especially during the holiday season. A private meeting with a local pastor or church secretary may provide the necessary contact information for local families in crisis.

Would you like to help where it is needed?

  • Families who have a child in the hospital might not be able to buy for their other kids.
  • a co-worker may be struggling
  • more and more elderly are having a hard time. Seniors may need more of the bare necessities to survive.
  • Nursing homes are full of people who would just love to see a kind face.
  • Let’s not forget our vets in the hospital and care centers.
  • There are kids in the rural areas outside of Tulsa that do not have any organizations that mom and dad can go to.

Places that know older people in need: Hospice groups, Visiting Nurses, those who provide some help for an Alzheimers patient in a Nursing Home.

Consider adopting a centenarian for the holiday season.
Call Mary Lou Gibson, 918 622-4239, of the Northeast Active Timers (NEATs) group.

A couple of priceless things people could do for nothing at all :

  • Appear at a nursing home with a chessboard and challenge someone to a game.
  • Shovel the neighbors walk.
  • Do nice things for people who will never find out that you were the “one”.

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Be a Santa to a Senior trees to help needy and isolated seniors are in both of Drysdales’ retail stores.  http://blog.drysdales.com/play-santa-for-a-senior   Many older adults continue to struggle in a down economy, particularly those who live alone with no family nearby to help provide resources. Seniors have faced a trying year amid the threat of Social Security payment delays as part of the debt-ceiling debate. What’s more, seniors have lost almost one-third (32 percent) of their buying power since 2000, according to the Annual Survey of Senior Costs from The Senior Citizens League. Be a Santa to a Senior®,  has delivered 1.2 million gifts to needy seniors throughout North America in the past six years.

Locations:
Drysdales Western Wear
-10127 East. 71st St.
-3220 South Memorial Dr.

Kmart -3132 East 51st St.

Drug Warehouse – 5046 S. Sheridan Road

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5 Responses to A few of the places in the Tulsa area where you can donate toys for kids this Christmas (2012)

  1. Katie says:

    Tulsa-area U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots program collects new, unwrapped toys during the last three months of each year, and distributes those toys as Christmas gifts to needy children in the community. In 2009 they raised $37,000 for Toys for Tots and helped distribute some 33,000 donated toys. (They have Toys for Tots fundraisers and there are Toys for Tots donation boxes. Thousands of motorcycle enthusiasts donate thousands of toys and dollars during the program’s largest affair – the ABATE (American Bikers Aimed Toward Education) Tulsa Toy Run. Toys for Tots provides toys to, among others, Salvation Army, Angel Bears, Christian Ministerial Alliance and the Laura Dester Emergency Children’s Shelter.

    Johnson Christmas Lights: In Broken Arrow, approximately 60,000 lights. Official Toys For Tots dropoff site; free. http://www.tulsaworld.com/scene/article.aspx?subjectid=38&articleid=20101213_38_D3_CUTLIN387546&archive=yes

    How to sign up for Toys for Tots: http://suite101.com/article/how-to-sign-up-for-toys-for-tots-christmas-gifts-for-the-needy-a308065

    Contact Toys for Tots if you are an agency who would like to request toys: http://www.toysfortots.org/contact_us/default.aspx
    Frequently asked questions of Toys for Tots: http://www.toysfortots.org/frequently_asked_questions/default.aspx
    Donate a new toy or make a donation to Toys for Tots http://www.toysfortots.org/

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    Angel Bears in Broken Arrow -a Christmas gift program that links a large number of churches, civic organizations, social service agencies and other organizations, including the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots program. http://www.tulsaworld.com/news/article.aspx?subjectid=11&articleid=20101218_18_A15_CUTLIN217296&archive=yes
    In 2009 5,000 gifts were given with a major contributor -the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots program.

  2. Jan says:

    Nov 26, 2012 Ex-Salvation Army director charged in toy theft -The Salvation Army announced the theft last week, saying up to 100,000 items worth about $2 million were allegedly stolen from the facility in Toronto’s North End over nearly two years. http://www.ktul.com/story/20186675/ex-salvation-army-director-charged-in-toy-theft.

  3. Denise says:

    For the 5th year Green Country Podiatry is sponsoring a shoe drive to benefit those in need at the Tulsa Day Center for the Homeless. Men and children that use the center really have a need for proper footwear.
    Gently used or new child and adult footwear donations can be made at 3627 S. Harvard Ave. by Dec. 21 so that shoes can be delivered by Christmas.

    For more information, call 918-747-4855.

  4. Dana says:

    “Boots on the ground” Toy Run benefits the children of deployed soldiers from the 1220th Engineering company. Motorcycle line up at the Transport Workers Unioin (TWU) Local 514, 11945 E Pine St Tulsa and ride to 1220 Engineer Company 6800 S Cherokee St in Muskogee, OK . The event is sponsored by “Those Who Care”. For more information or to make a donation contact Dan “Cheese” Craft 918 605-0284

  5. Kelli C. says:

    http://www.tulsaworld.com/homepagelatest/a-well-oiled-machine-lawyers-students-team-up-to-provide/article_71d4fa66-5479-11e3-8b0d-0019bb30f31a.html

    University of Tulsa law students, some area lawyers and their families crowded into the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma to jam pack 650 donated boxes full of food
    to distribute to the needy. It was food you would normally find at a Thanksgiving dinner.

    Lawyers Fighting Hunger which began “unofficially” in 2009, raised “more than $70,000 to purchase turkeys and holiday food items to distribute to families in Oklahoma City, Norman, El Reno, Mustang and Tulsa this holiday season. They have fed over 20,000 people statewide since then

    The 650 boxes of food, donated by local churches, businesses and groups, along with 650 turkeys, will be handed out to preselected families who applied for the goods.

    2,000 people in OKC received boxes of food, though the turkey giveaway is unique to Tulsa.

    TU law students collected canned goods and held a Chilifest cookoff to help raise more than $2,000.

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