It’s the season of giving- why not give locally? Here are some ideas.
Helping the Hungry:
Donate food to the Christian Ministers Alliance to provide holiday meals. You can donate turkeys, hams, chickens, bacon, sausage, macaroni and cheese, sweet potatoes, green beans, cranberry sauce, potatoes, corn and onions, among other holiday favorites. Contact Rev. W.R. Casey at 918-951-7407 to arrange drop-off.
Tulsa's John 3:16 Mission, which provides meals and help to Tulsa's needy, homeless and at-risk residents, especially needs help during the holidays. Whether you can give your time, money, donated foods or clothing, you can make an impact. Click HERE for more ways to help.
Feeding Tulsa's hungry continues daily at Iron Gate, but the holidays offer more opportunities to help and donate. Iron Gate needs volunteers to serve food or assist with the organization's day-to-day operations. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to share your time or click HERE for donation and volunteer info.
Adopt a Tulsa child from the Salvation Army Angel Tree program. Angel trees connect Tulsa shoppers to children from birth to 12-years-old and seniors 65 and older. The tags provide some basic information and wish lists. You can pick an angel or angels from the trees at Woodland Hills Mall and Promenade Mall starting Nov. 18. Gifts must be returned to the mall or the Salvation Army location at 924 S. Hudson by Dec. 14.
Adopt a family in need through Family and Children Services or give to their Santa Shop. Donations are welcome through Dec. 15 at their central office. In 2016, F&CS matched 159 families to help the neediest clients through holiday stress. CLICK HERE for more information on both programs.
Donate to the Child Abuse Network to bring comfort and fulfill needs of victims. Among items on the wish list: blank journals, stuffed animals, blankets, clothing, baby items and more. Click HERE to check out the wish list or contribute financially.
Each year, Total Source For Hearing Loss and Access hosts a special Christmas party for children with hearing loss. They need funds to put on that party and pay for a very special visitor- a deaf Santa Claus. CLICK for info on making a donation, adding toys to the party stockings or assisting staff.
Youth Services of Tulsa asks the community to help their clients- teens at risk. "We believe every youth is special and deserves holiday warmth and cheer," the organization says on their website. Gifts of Hope adoptions begin Nov. 13, allowing Tulsans to 'adopt' a client to bring some holiday cheer. CLICK to sign up for the program or make a donation.
Tulsa's foster children need help as well. Tulsa Advocates for the Protection of Children has a wishlist and children who could use the holiday cheer. Click HERE to donate, get more information or see the wishlist for TAPC's Christmas for Kids.
Coffee Bunker offers veterans and their families a place to gather. The nonprofit relies on support from the community, and could use time, talent and resources. Click HERE to offer help to brighten the holidays at the Bunker.
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