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

Help us build a list of places that are  collecting toys and more for the needy in and around the Tulsa area.  There are several more in the comments that have been added so be sure to check them!

(Be sure you check before you drop gifts by as they may have already closed for the year. And be very careful of those standing outside at Walmart as some are not really with a group and are reselling the items on eBay!)

SALVATION ARMY  

Angel Tree Promenade and Woodland Hills Malls   (Broken Arrow and Sand Springs also have them.)

 Angel Tree Stats for 2015: Salvation Army put almost 10,000 children  on the Angel trees this year. 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.)

Angel Tree families 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

 

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         Cushing, Oklahoma Sponsored by Olive Baptist Church The ride starts 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   Sunday Dec 6, 2015 will start at the OSU -Tulsa campus and head north about 5 miles to the Dream Center located at  200 W 46th St N.
  • *Jim Glover Toys for Tots Cruise Dec 5, 2015-  route begins at 101st and Memorial and will be going north to 31st and Memorial. Contact  Jared Glover @ 918-691-5710   http://www.jimgloverchevy.com
  • *Cowboys on the Fence Toys for Tots Ride -Dec 5, 2015-   take toys on horseback from the arena at 2822 E 36th St N to the north Mabee Boys and Girls club at 31st St North and Martin Luther King Blvd.
  • IF YOU MISS GIVING AT THE TOY RUNS THERE WILL BE MULTIPLE LOCATIONS THROUGHOUT THE AREA TO MAKE YOUR DONATIONS.

TOY DRIVES

  • Bring Good Cheer Toy Drive  ORU Students & Faculty – Donated 1,270 toys and canned foods through their 5th Annual Bring Good Cheer Toy Drive
  • Tulsa Ballet Toy Drive for the Salvation Army. Take a toy by the Tulsa Ballet building – located at 1212 E 45th Place South (near 45th & Peoria), to get $5 off a ticket to the Nutcracker. http://salarmytulsa.blogspot.com/2012/12/ring-bell-bring-toy-get-deal-on.html 
  • Dilly Deli Tulsa’s  toy drive Take your donation in to Dilly Deli today to benefit The Salvation Army Tulsa, OK! and they will give you a free cup of soup or side item!
  • 2012 #Tweet4Toys Tweetup      a toy drive sponsored by Social Media Tulsa #SMTulsa (@SocMediaTulsa) benefiting The Salvation Army in Tulsa (@SalArmyTulsa) by collecting toys for Tulsa’s forgotten angels.(nice!!)
  • Tulsa’s Incredible Pizza Company  toy drive November 26 : Donate a toy and get a $5 game card! Incredible Pizza Toy Drive: Benefit The Salvation Army
  • Tulsa Bark Park Toy Drive 2012 ~Benefitting the Tulsa Area Salvation Army December 8, 2012  on KTUL in 2011: http://www.ktul.com/video?clipId=6502665&autostart=true
  • Walmart’s “Fill the Truck” toy drive for the Salvation Army event   allows Walmart customers  to donate new toys and coats for children who take part in Salvation Army programs year-round. Once the donation truck or bin is full,  the gifts will be distributed to those children.
  • Big Mad Morning Show Toy Drive Dec 13 and 14, 2012 we stay on the air for 28 hours…inside the Tulsa Event Center to collect toys for the Marine’s Toys for Tots…bring a new unwrapped toy, http://www.kmod.com/pages/bmmstoydrive.html
  • Christian Ministers Alliance’s annual Christmas Giveaway   is asking for donations of money, toys and food to help them hand out turkeys, hams, chickens, other meats,canned goods like green beans and corn, 20-pound bags of potatoes, sweet potatoes, macaroni and cheese, Stove Top stuffing — and gifts- toys such as stuffed animals, footballs, basketballs, soccer balls, bicycles, wagons,sporting equipment, stuffed toys, tricycles, Big Wheels and others.   To donate can call 918-951-7407.  (Booker T. Washington High School, Greater Progressive Baptist Church, 1970 N. Boston Place.   Rev. W.R. Casey President of Christian Ministers Alliance)
  • VFW Post 577 (vfwpost577.org) Collecting toys for younger and older children for the Marine Corps Toys for Tots program. 1109 E. Sixth St. 918-520-7862
  • Neighbors Along the Line Toy Drive
  • Southern Cruisers Riding Club, Chapter 563,   toy drive  to benefit sick children at The Children’s Hospital of St. Francis in Tulsa and also the Gospel Rescue Mission of Muskogee. The group will accept donations of toys   in front of Walmart.  http://muskogeephoenix.com/features/x1332333153/Cycle-group-starts-toy-drive
  • Bank of Oklahoma Toy Drive http://www.facebook.com/events/201880943281507/ thirteenth year of partnering with KTUL Tulsa’s Channel 8 to collect toys for Tulsa area families in need through the annual Salvation Army Toy Drive. New, unwrapped toys can be dropped off at any area Bank of Oklahoma location Nov. 15 through Dec. 12 for infants and children through 12 years of age. Drop off locations: Tulsa, Bixby,Broken Arrow, Jenks,Owasso, Sand Springs,Sapulpa, Catoosa For Bank of Oklahoma drop off locations and more, visit https://www.bankofoklahoma.com/en/Other/landing/Toy_Drive/index.page
  • Tulsa police toy drive  drop off new unwrapped toys to the Riverside Division of the Tulsa Police Department, 7515 Riverside Drive. Officers are also accepting names of children under 12 years of age who are in need of a toy for Christmas. Deadline for name submission is December 19th Read more here        and  here (others help provide the gifts to some of the children  identified by police officers when they go out on calls when parents call and ask for help, or neighbors report a need. The toys are  distributed by the officers in the days before Christmas.)
  • POLICE- North Pole Computer Project rebuilds donated computers for needy children. Since then, it has grown into a year-round project that has provided computers to more than 1,000 families. Instead of throwing away your old computer the non-profit PC Power, refurbishes used computers. In December, officers in patrol cars, from 10 different law enforcement agencies delivered 75 PCs across the Tulsa area. The computers complete with monitors, keyboards, speakers and software came from came from Bartlesville Public Schools. They are also given an instruction manual and a hotline telephone number.
    POLICE- The Tulsa Police Department’s Gang Unit gave out more than 200 coats at several apartment complexes at apartment complexes they often patrol, including Plaza Hills East Apartments near 17th Street and 129th East Avenue.Tulsa police and Bixby police, Tulsa sheriff’s office – ‘Shop with a Cop’ program 2015 thanks to Rotary clubs.The “Shop with a Cop” program pairs local law enforcement with children (generally 7 to 15 years old) who have had any type of dealing with law enforcement that has not been a pleasant experience to assist them with their family holiday shopping that is paid for by the Rotary club. As they shop officers take mental note of which items the children seem to like and the officer is picks out a surprise gift for them. Volunteers gift-wrapped the kids’ purchases so they could take them home .The Bixby Rotary Club in conjunction with the Bixby Police Department and Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office.
    Rotary Club of Tulsa and the Tulsa Fraternal Order of Police, partnered to assist children from Celia Clinton Elementary School with shopping for Christmas gifts for their family.
  • Broken Arrow neighbors  Toy Drive | Facebook
  • Text JOY BOK to 85944 to make a one-time donation of $10 towards toys. The charge will show on the user’s mobile bill.
  • Eastern Oklahoma Chiropractic Christmas Toy and Clothing Drive. Eastern Oklahoma Chiropractic is hosting a Christmas Toy and Clothing Drive in partnership with John 3:16. Any new or existing patient who brings in a Toy or Clothing item on December 10-12, 2012 for the Christmas Toy/Clothing Drive will receive 50% off their “out of pocket cost” (1 time discount per patient). Every patient who brings in a Toy or Clothing item will also be entered into a drawing to win a Christmas Gift package from Eastern Oklahoma Chiropractic. 6922 South Lewis Ave Tulsa, OK 74136 Call 918-935-3432 for questions/details. (items requested by john 3:16 are hoodies and jewelry for teens). Monday, December 10, 2012 – Wednesday, December 12, 2012. 6922 S. Lewis Ave Tulsa, OK 74136.
  • The Church at BattleCreek, The U.S. Marines, KXOJ, and TTCU are partnering together to distribute toys and gifts to more than 6,000 children.  http://www.tcabc.com/store/toysfortots.htm
  • KC and the Sunshine Band Toy Drive December 14, 2012 The Joint inside the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa, http://www.tulsaworld.com/scene/article.aspx?subjectid=269&articleid=20121213_269_WK30_CUTLIN829254
  • Christ Family Church  ~ Silent Lambs Christmas Toy Drive. Bring a Christmas Toy and receive admission for $2.00!
  • More Salvation Army TOY DRIVE  locations included:  all 3 Merritt’s Bakery locations,  Miss Jackson’s in Utica Square  Tulsa Oilers, Regal Cars, Air Power Systems.
  • JC Penney – When shoppers check out to pay for their gifts, they’re asked if they want to give their change to the Salvation Army to help with our programs.
  • Salvation Army Tulsa blog  says: “I’ve been receiving endless amounts of phone calls from people wanting to donate anything from $25 to $2,500. There’s also an abundance of companies and groups wanting to do their part to help.”
  • Fill the Firehouse food and toy drive – a cooperative effort between the food bank, Toys for Tots and the Tulsa Fire Department to make all fire stations drop off points for food and toys during the holiday season  http://www.tulsaworld.com/news/article.aspx?subjectid=667&articleid=20121128_667_0_Newuno179939
  • The Salvation Army Christmas Joy Center https://foursquare.com/v/the-salvation-army-christmas-joy-center/4d06bccf8620224b0cbcb440
  • The Christmas Luncheon and Fashion Show  hosted by the Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary celebrating it’s 60th year  features a huge silent auction, live auction and fashions by Miss Jackson’s. All proceeds benefit Salvation Army facilities in the Tulsa area. Dec 4 , 2012 http://www.tulsaconvention.com/events/detail/salvation-army-womens-auxiliary-of-tulsa-60th-step-into-christmas-luncheon-fashion-show

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

    • *ABATE (American Bikers Aimed Toward Education) December 13, 2015 is the cities BIGGEST toy run. The route will leave from the fairground going toward the Brady Arts District. Two 40-foot trailers will be there to haul the toys.  In 2013 that one event collected 30,000 toys for Toys for Tots! (The procession of bikes will be so long that it has been said that the first bike will arrive downtown as the last few bikes will still be leaving the fairgrounds!)   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,   at least two or three toys to every 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.
    • 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  collect for 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  QT receives an incredible amount!
    • 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 AND GIFTS

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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 you to “adopt” someone in need of a gift Salvation Army holiday programs include the bell ringers which collects money and 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.”

Homeless

Center of Hope homeless shelter and social services center The Salvation Army’s services for homeless people is at 102 N. Denver Ave.

Cooper’s List, a project to collect and deliver goods to the homeless, was inspired by 6-year-old Cooper Andrew who saw a homeless man and wanted to be a Good Samaritan. Cooper and his classmates at McAuliffe Elementary School came up with a list of things homeless people need and a plan to encourage people to donate blankets, clothing and food. Cooper’s List collection boxes have been set up at the school and his church. A GoFundMe page was set up so people can make cash gifts to the project to buy backpacks in which to deliver the donated items. Cooper and his family and their friends will deliver the gifts  to the Boiler Room, a ministry helping the homeless conducted by a group of Tulsa-area house churches.

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.
  • Tulsa 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

  • Proyecto Angelitos Holiday Toy Drive. 2012 The Coalition for the American Dream for hundreds of children in the Tulsa area through its Proyecto Angelitos Holiday Toy Drive.  contact Blanca Zavala at 918 231-3340.   In 2010 the coalition raised more than $10,000 for the Christmas giveaway, said Marvin Lizama, coalition president. The 2010 event, held at Panaderia Pancho Anaya on East 21st Street, marked the fourth year of the coalition’s Christmas giveaway. 200 bikes were given away.  Jazmine Rivera, 4, pats the seat on a bicycle during the American Dream’s Projecto Angelitos Christmas giveaway
  • 30 Bikes given away by Academy
  • Bikes for Tykes (44 Whitman students receive donated bikes | Tulsa World) Bikes for Tykes is working to distribute 800 bikes to area kids by the end of the year: http://www.tulsaworld.com/news/article.aspx?subjectid=11&articleid=20121130_19_A13_CUTLIN208711 Tommy Chavez and Jason Whorton  founded Bikes for Tykes of Tulsa.
  • Bixby Community Church   “Bicycle Blessing”   (2009 they gave away 160 bikes and in  2010 had another bicycle giveaway.) 2-year-old Sebastian Alvarez rides his new bicycle. Are they continuing this?
  • Asbury Church,  68th & Mingo, collected new and used bikes in the past. (Are they continuing this?)
  • At Skelly Elementary, in Tulsa, OK students from Tulsa Tech provided new bikes to 17 kids in pre-K through second grade. December 2015
  • “Gifts of Hope Party”.   The 2012 goal is 700 gifts , 6 bikes, 5 food baskets and gift cards to be given to William Penn Elementary and Marian Anderson Elementary; both located on North Lewis, in Tulsa  Dec 7th  6th Annual
  • Canserv built 95 bikes for Foster kids
  • Big Brothers and Sisters asked for donations for bikes.
  • Bikes for Kids Project- Union High School students worked at City Cycles in downtown Jenks during the second annual Bikes for Kids events, which is part of Union’s Career Connect program. The refurbish bikes for kids in need.

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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. Just because something comes in the mail asking for money to help kids is not a reason to write a check.

Check them out carefully.

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How Can I Find Families that Need Help at Christmas? One of the best ways to find deserving 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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27 Responses to A few of the many places in the Tulsa area where you can donate toys for kids this Christmas

  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.

  6. Dani says:

    Angel Bear Humanitarian Award is presented as part of the Angel Bear Christmas Campaign, which helps local children and families in need during the holidays. 2015 recipients: Clark Brewster, State Sen. Brian Crain, Sharon King Davis, Clarence G. Oliver, Greg Ratliff, Kal Desai, Stephen Hill, Angel Ingle, Rachel Ferguson and Stewart Brown.

    Salvation Army Auxiliary Fashion Show
    ….2015 is the 63rd annual presentation of the annual Christmas Luncheon and Fashion Show where Miss Jacskon s participates. There will be hundreds of items up for bid in silent and live auctions. The event is a major fundraiser for the Tulsa Area Command of the Salvation Army and helps suppport the organizations social services at the Center of Hope homeless shleter, four Corps and the Adult Rehabilitation Center. The 2014 even raised more than $115,000. Tickets $75

    • Donna says:

      Tulsa Police are also doing a toy drive to fill van with toys. They will be at Ace Hardware on Saturday Dec 5th, 2015 and are calling it the Mystery Machine (for those who are familiar with the Scooby Doo Cartoons.)

  7. Sharon says:

    TULSA’S ANNUAL “STOCK THE STATION” FOOD DRIVE

    (There are 133 partner programs located in Tulsa.)
    George Kaiser Family Foundation will also match up to $150,000 of donations from new donors, donors who haven’t contributed in two years or have increased their donation levels.

  8. Donna says:

    Union High School Students who are part of manufacturing and automotive classes offered through the Union Career Connect program worked to repair and refurbish over 70 donated bicycles for needy families. Tulsa Mayor Dewey Bartlett told the students “What you’re accomplishing today will do so much for you, not only next year but for the rest of your lives.”

  9. David says:

    Cooper’s List, a project to collect and deliver goods to the homeless, was inspired by 6-year-old Cooper Andrew who saw a homeless man and wanted to be a Good Samaritan. Cooper and his classmates at McAuliffe Elementary School came up with a list of things homeless people need and a plan to encourage people to donate blankets, clothing and food.

    Cooper’s List collection boxes have been set up at the school and his church.

    A GoFundMe page was set up so people can make cash gifts to the project to buy backpacks in which to deliver the donated items.

    Cooper and his family and their friends will deliver the gifts on Dec. 17, to the Boiler Room, a ministry helping the homeless conducted by a group of Tulsa-area house churches.

  10. Paula says:

    Hey, what is the deal? Outside of the Walmart stores they are handing out flyers asking everyone to buy a coat or toy while they are in there shopping for kids in the area. (The flyer does not show who is doing this project as there is nothing on the flyer.) Some of the toy ideas they suggest you buy “to put in the van” are:
    -HoverTech Battle FX $29.99 but going on eBay much higher
    -Marvel Hulk Smash R/C Vehicle $59.99
    -Fisher Price Bright Beats Dance and Move BeatBo (Target show $35.00 but they are now on eBay for $58.93)
    -FurReal Friends, Starlily, My Magical Unicorn (Target shows $95.99 http://www.target.com/p/furreal-friends-starlily-my-magical-unicorn/-/A-17407066 )
    -Little People Big Animal Zoo. (Amazon and t show them about $40.00)

    Not sure how much each costs.

  11. Rhonda says:

    Each of the 64 residents of Tulsa Boys Home* receive 3 foot long handmade stockings filled with all sorts of gifts and goodies
    * a nationally accredited residential treatment facility for 11- to 18-year-old boys with emotional, behavioral and substance abuse problems.

    To learn how you can help during the holidays, go to tulsaboyshome.org.

  12. Pamela says:

    Many churches have their own program to collect and give gifts.

  13. Josh says:

    So much is available for kids, yet where is the help for needy and isolated seniors? Many older adults continue to struggle, particularly those who live alone with no family nearby to help provide resources. Seniors faced trying to make ends meet especially when a small Social Security check is their only income. although the average is said to be about $1200 a month, try to pay your rent, utilities, co-pays, house insureance, taxes, gasoline and insurance for the old car to go to the doctor, stamps to pay bills, , necessities such as toilet paper and see how much you have left for food. Forget ever buying anything extra.

  14. Bill says:

    2015 Tulsa Police Toy Drive Nov 16- December 15, TPD is accepting donations of new, unwrapped toys for children, age 1-12. Bring donations to any police station, Mon-Fri from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm or Grade Power, Mon-Fri, 4:00 to 8:00 pm. Locations are: Detective Division 600 Civic Center, second floor Riverside Division- 7515 S Riverside Dr Gilcrease Division – 3436 N. Delaware Ave Mingo Valley Division 10122 E 11th St Grade Power Learning Center at 7715 E 91st St (91st and Memorial) 9am-8pm Thank you in advance for giving so we can spread the joy. If you have any question about donations or you wish to schedule a group donation pick-up, please call 918 596-1679

    See also Shop with a Cop which receives funds from Rotary Clubs to do something else for kids.

  15. Alcie says:

    Christmas for Kids Drive helps Tulsa County’s foster parents afford gifts during the holidays for children in their care.
    The drive is a joint project of the Tulsa Advocates for the Protection of Children and the child welfare division of the Oklahoma Department of Human Services. It is coordinated through the county’s Foster Care Resource Center, which provides clothes and other items for free to foster families.

    Christmas is an expensive time of year, and many foster parents have children of their own to buy for as well. This is a way to help them out. We always tell them that these gifts are from you, not DHS. They are from you to the kids or from Santa Claus.”

    DHS is closing the Laura Dester Shelter in the next couple of months as part of the Pinnacle Plan, which is the negotiated agreement in a federal class-action lawsuit. The closure means children will be going directly into homes and group homes, increasing the demands on the resource center.

    Basically, the same number of children are coming into foster care. Rather than going to the shelter, they are going into individual homes, and the parents in those homes need support, Browne said.

    Needed items are early childhood toys, ethnic dolls, action heroes, anything trendy (such as Legos or “Frozen” movie-themed items), remote-control cars and gifts cards for the teenagers. Clothing is needed for infants to toddlers up to 4T.

    Distribution to the foster parents begins Tuesday and continues through Thursday, and donations will be accepted through Wednesday.

    CanServ Built 95 bikes…..

    Donation drop-off: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Wednesday at the former Border’s store at 2740 E. 21st St.
    Needed items: Baby to 4T toddler clothes, gift cards for teenagers, early childhood toys, ethnic dolls, superhero figures and Legos
    Information: 918-706-1608

    Monetary donation: Send to the Tulsa Advocates for the Protection of Children at P.O. Box 14044, Tulsa, OK 74159

  16. Kiley says:

    This wasn’t for kids but Homeless

    Mental Health Association of Oklahoma, John 3:16 Mission and the Community Service Council of Greater Tulsa Outreach gave donated new backpacks and a blanket to the homeless living on the streets to show them they are cared about.The backpacks were filled with warm gloves, hand warmers, scarves, hats, ponchos and flashlights, as well as several pairs of socks
    Travis Smith explains why he’s spent the past couple of years on the streets, living under a bridge near downtown Tulsa is due to his drug addiction but he also struggles with mental illness.

    Brrx4vets

    caring for individuals who are hurting and struggling. We want about their well-being,
    The homeless call it a godsend.

    “For whatever reasons, they don’t trust the social services, so we’re trying to build that rapport and let them know about the services that are available. We want them to trust us, and that takes time and effort.”

    the agency distributed roughly 300 backpacks, mostly through its Denver House drop-in center.

    which are a prized commodity when you’re outside all day walking in rain, sleet and snow,

    Every pack also included a coffee mug that can be filled up at Denver House.

    “These are almost like backpack survival kits,” Davis said. “We like to think that they’ve helped play a role in people not dying or catching pneumonia as a result of being homeless in inclement weather.”

    This is the third winter the mental health agency has distributed backpacks to the homeless. In total, it has passed out more than 650 packs.

    “We have the sheltered homeless individuals who are out in the community, . “You might see them downtown or at a shelter. There are a lot of other individuals who are uncounted for, who are not on the grid, that show up for these backpacks.
    individuals in the community who can benefit from a backpack.”

  17. Tom says:

    Darby’s Equipment located in north Tulsa- Employees buy presents for 20-25 youths as part of Youth Services of Tulsa’s Gifts of Hope. They buy blankets, underwear socks, hats gloves.

    Throughout the year Darby employees are involved in several charities including Big Brothers Big Sisters and Partners in Education with nearby Jackson Elementary School.

    The company bought and distributed about 600 fully cooked hams in 2015 to all families at Jackson Elementary and Gilcrease Elementary School, which is also located in north Tulsa. Leslie Ward was one of the family members who picked up a ham said her family received one last year when Darby gave them out last year, and they hoped Darby would do it again because her family can get three meals out of it.
    The hams are intended to help families especially those whose children often rely on food at school. The company also gave hams to all teachers and school staff members.

  18. Dani says:

    Street School students received a $25 gift card to Wal-Mart, courtesy of Will Rogers United Methodist Church, and $25 Visa gift cards donated by Bob Hurley of Bob Hurley Auto Families plus pillows and pillowcases, donated by Cancer Treatment Centers of America. Boxes of food were donated by Guts Church, St. Dunstan’s Church, Dianne Davis, Direct Energy, Cancer Treatment Centers of America and Allen Barrow. (Street School is a nonprofit alternative education program for at-risk youths.)

  19. Martha says:

    Snowball Express Brings Cheer to Kids of Fallen Military Heroes http://snowballexpress.org
    Snowball Express uses volunteers to create a weekend of special events in Dallas-Fort Worth for children and surviving spouses of military members who were killed in the line of duty.

    The chartered American Airlines aircraft, provided by American Airlines, plays the role of Snowball Express. Children who have recently lost a parent usually come into the weekend very somber but the festivities are so exciting that soon they can’t help but smile.

    American Airlines volunteers raise money throughout the year and use thier own time to fill gift bags and make decorations for the Snowball Express. Tanya Moyer, event coordinator is also administrative assistant to the general manage at Tulsa International Airport.

    P.S. This is not to be confused with the Polar Express train, based on the 1985 children’s book, which transforms Bristow, OK beginning in mid-November. Polar Express is open to anyone with a ticket.

  20. T. L. says:

    The Krazy Stitchers club sews weighted blankets for kids with autism. The weight holds them down and makes them feel secure, helping them to sleep through the night. The blankets will be donated to a consortium of special education teachers and schools in Rogers County. The consortium will then distribute the blankets to students who need them.

    The club, which is under the Oklahoma Home and Community Education program works with the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service at Oklahoma State University.

    Tonda Ames with Sooner SUCCESS (a free information and referral program for families who have special-needs children ) has been trying to help them raise money for the pellets that are inserted in the blankets to weight them.The pellets online cost $50 for 25 pounds. The donations will allow them to continue making the blankets.

    The members of the club donate the fabric and their time to the project. They are considering selling some of the blankets for about $30-$35 to families who want them so the group may continue to fund its donated blankets to the special-needs consortium.

    The blankets made by the group are 8 pounds each. The recommendation for weighted blankets is 10 percent of a child’s weight and adding 1-4 pounds. But because they do not know the children who will receive the blankets, they have standardized the weights.

    Donations can be mailed to the group at Rogers County Coalition, P.O. Box 1863, Claremore, OK 74018. Donors are asked to specify the recipient of the donation as the Krazy Stitchers Club. For more information about the organization, visit rogerscountycoalition.org or call 405-584-1184.

  21. Dorgan P. says:

    Knitting helps Women in Recovery participants adjust to sobriety

    Women in Recovery is an alternative to incarceration in Tulsa County for nonviolent female offenders who have alcohol and drug addictions. It is run by Family & Children’s Services and is primarily funded by the George Kaiser Family Foundation.

    Read all:

    http://www.tulsaworld.com/news/knitting-helps-women-in-recovery-participants-adjust-to-sobriety-give/article_cfa2f112-e60c-52cb-9e44-ffa563257257.html

  22. Pamela says:

    She explains that she gets more benefits by not working, including free Christmas presents brought to her kids…so why bother working?

    • Dana says:

      Sad but not surprising. When people have things handed to them they EXPECT it.

      On a much nicer note David Bates, who portrays Santa Claus was interviewed by the Tulsa World in 2015. When asked what were some of Santa’s most memorable gifts requests he said…”I have been told by some children that they do not want gifts, but that they are going to be giving gifts to children who do not have as much.”

  23. Brian says:

    No last names but one day while standing in the Customer Service line at Walmart at 66th and Memorial a little girl (Tristan, I believe she said) and her mom Tiffany were returning a game. While visiting with them I learned they were doing that since they decided they didn’t need it and they could get the money to donate for some child to have a gift. Tristan had brought her own money to buy a gift for them. Tiffany, I remember you worked at a call center (Alorica??)

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