Crucial weekend for Tulsa area Christmas charities

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Updated: 12/07/2012 9:33 pm Published: 12/07/2012 8:25 pm

There are 15 shopping days left before Christmas, but for local charities time is quickly evaporating as they struggle to meet the needs of thousands of Tulsa families relying on the kindness of strangers to insure their children have toys under the tree. Shelves at the Salvation Army Distribution Center in midtown Tulsa are supposed to be filled with bags of toys for their Angel Tree program, but five thousand of these bags have yet to be returned and 1,000 angels have yet to be picked up. That's why this is the most important weekend of the season for the Salvation Army.

“we need people to be thinking like us, get it in, let's get these children taken cared of,” Major April Taylor told FOX23.

Major Taylor is in charge of making sure every angel gets their gifts this Christmas. It is a harder task than usual.

“We have a thousand more angels than we did last year,” she said.

She's hoping Tulsans who are out shopping for their families on Saturday and Sunday will think of children with one Christmas wish.

“This is a crucial weekend.”

Toys for Tots is feeling the same pressure; with just one week to go for Owasso Toys for Tots there are still plenty of empty boxes. There is only a week left until toys are handed out to children, and they're in crunch time.

“The need is much greater this year, in the Owasso area we have about 2,000 children who are registered to receive toys through us, and right now, we have around 800 to 1,000 toys that we have fulfilled right now,” Michelle Hayes told FOX23.

That's a thousand kids who will be without any sort of present right now, and Hayes says folks who want to help can't wait around.

“We’d like to have all our toys collected by mid-week next week,” Hayes said.

Toys for Tots in Owasso is especially in need of toys for children between eight and 12 years-old.

As for the Salvation Army, if you don't have the time or the money this weekend to buy a gift for a child, you can always donate a dollar to the Salvation Army's Red Kettle Drive. That money helps the Salvation Army buy presents for every child on their Angel Tree. This weekend in Tulsa Aaon has pledged to match every kettle donation made on Saturday up to $5,000.

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