As the holiday season approaches, the Tulsa World is bringing readers a list that offers guidance for people looking for specific charitable opportunities in the coming weeks. Related Here's a list of organizations, as well as what items they most need.
Just The Beginning Inc.
5330 E. 31st St. Lower Level 918-794-8858 Who they are: A Christ-centered organization that empowers justice involved women towards self-sufficiency, esteem and wholeness. What they need: Winter hats, scarves and gloves; shampoos and conditioners; toothbrushes and toothpaste; body wash, deodorant and lotion; toilet paper; sanitary napkins; socks, and face towels. Pictured above: Just the Beginning President Jenice Jones Just the Beginning aims to create "lifestyle of rehabilitation" for justice-involved women
Ronald McDonald House
6102 S. Hudson Avenue 918-496-2727 Who they are: an organization that strives to give help, hope and comfort to families of seriously ill or injured children.
What they need: individual juice, fruit drinks, individual chips, snacks, canned fruit and vegetables, fresh fruit and vegetables, breakfast cereal, frozen entrees, heavy duty paper plates, paper bowls, trash bags (33 & 39 gal.), storage containers, all-purpose cleaner, detergent, dryer sheets, sponges, cleanup wipes, mattress pads (queen and twin), white sheet sets, pillows, towels, toiletries, hygiene items, gift cards, toys & stuffed animals.
19 E. M.B. Brady St. 918-582-4527 Who they are: Nonprofit open-access hot shop and kiln studio offering unique experiences for anyone interested in glass art. What they need: Wall Street Journal newspapers, equipment for free program serving veterans, such as blowpipes, punties, wood paddles, Kevlar mitts, shaping blocks and color frit, painter’s blue tape, paper towels, AA and AAA batteries, Swiffer dusters. Related: Tulsa Glassblowing School brings new life to park's abandoned recreation center
Counseling & Recovery Services of Oklahoma
7010 South Yale 918-492-2554 Who they are: Restoring dignity and helping build better lives through behavioral health and substance abuse services to all ages regardless of their ability to pay. What they need: Adopt a child/family through our Holiday Giving Program and provide items from their wish lists; Frozen turkeys; Toys, books and games for children of all ages; family household essentials such as towels, sheets & toiletries; monetary gifts; grocery cards.
Family & Children’s Services
Family & Children’s Services 650 S. Peoria Ave. 918-560-1115 Who they are: Organization that helps families in crisis and serves people struggling with mental illness, addiction and homelessness.
What they need: Toys, books and games for children of all ages; clothing such as coats, pajamas, hats, underwear, gloves and socks; small household appliances; toiletries; monetary gifts; grocery cards.
Owasso Community Resources
Owasso Community Resources 109 N. Birch in Owasso 918-272-4969 Who they are: A helping organization that provides basic-needs emergency assistance to more than 7,000 financially disadvantaged individuals in Owasso, Collinsville and Sperry.
What they need: Monetary donations, hot and cold cereal, soups, chili, mac and cheese, peanut butter, Hygiene items (toothbrushes, tooth paste, deodorant, feminine hygiene products) and diapers. Major wish: Cargo van to transport food for distribution.
The Center for Individuals with Physical Challenges
The Center for Individuals with Physical Challenges 815 South Utica Avenue 918-584-8607 Who they are: An organization to provide organized social, cultural and recreational opportunities for persons with physical disabilities
What they need: Athletic equipment, basketballs, monetary donations, kitchen utensils, arts and crafts supplies, individually wrapped food items, hygiene items, winter gloves, hats, scarves, socks, retail gift cards.
823 S. Detroit Ave. 918-592-1235 Who they are: Assists people with disabilities in attaining and maintaining their personal independence through advocacy, education and service.
What they need: Vacuum, computer, large lift chair (400-pound capacity), small dining table and two chairs.
501 W. Archer 918-879-1702 Who they are: Soup kitchen and food pantry.
What they need: Paper grocery bags, canned chicken and tuna, peanut butter, pasta and rice for the pantry, granola bars, fruit cups, 100 percent juice boxes, fruit snacks for the kid’s packs and financial contributions for the daily community meal.
Family Safety Center
600 Civic Center 918-742-7480 Who they are: Provides help, resources and legal assistance for victims of domestic violence.
What they need: Toothpaste and toothbrushes, hair combs and brushes, tissues, shampoo, soap, feminine products, deodorant, lotion, shaving cream, razors, adult diapers, sanitizer, baby wipes and diapers, plastic/disposable gloves, dry and canned food items, cloth or heavy-duty tote bags for emergency supplies/clothing.
Broken Arrow Neighbors
315 W. College St., Broken Arrow 918-251-7781 Who they are: An interfaith organization that provides basic-needs emergency assistance to more than 13,000 financially disadvantaged people in the Broken Arrow area.
What they need: Box meals, Manwich, canned stew, hot and cold cereal, soups, instant potatoes, chili, mac and cheese, juice (plastic containers), pasta and sauce, toothbrushes (adult and children), toothpaste, deodorant.
Birthright of Tulsa
6600 S. Yale Suite 1307 918-481-4884 Who they are: A pregnancy resource center for low income families. We have been in Tulsa for over 45 years.
What they need: Diapers especially the larger sizes 4 5 6, diaper Wipes, baby clothing up to toddler two size, maternity Clothing, blankets for babies, small baby or mother accessories and practical items (not furniture or car seats ), sturdy baby books and classic baby toys, lotions creams and shampoo for baby , diaper bags, gift cards
4120 E. 36 th Street 918-664-6746 Who they are: a Christian-based organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for children with special needs, their families and their communities.
What they need: Computers (contact for specifics), therapy equipment (contact for specifics), Walmart gift cards for hosting guests, Amazon gift cards for office supplies, paper towels.
7617 S. Mingo Road 918-893-6150 Who they are: Charity that provides a loving home and 24/7 care for dying people in need.
What they need: Individual puddings, individual chips and cracker snacks, Ritz Crackers, saltine crackers, laundry soap, soft soap hand soap, Pine Sol, 13 gallon trash bags, 39 gallon lawn trash bags, adult size hygiene wipes, flavored tea bags and flavored coffee creamers
Emergency Infant Services
1110 S. Denver Ave. Who they are: an organization providing assistance for families with children under the age of five.
What they need: new or used car seats, strollers, books, coats, volunteers, toys for children five and under, baby blankets, and monetary donations.
Mend Pregnancy Resource Center
6216 S. Lew is Ave., Suite 100 918-745-6000 Who they are: Provides pregnancy testing, limited ultrasound, pregnancy options information, education and support programs for moms of children 3 and younger.
What they need: children’s clothes both girls and boys from newborn to 3T and shoes, nursing shawls, baby carriers—sling style, diaper bags, and new nursing supplies, new washcloths, towels, toiletries for babies (baby wash, lotions, and shampoos), digital thermometers, sippy cups, pacifiers, crib sheets, boppy covers for pillows, and lanolin, cribs, new crib mattresses, high chairs, car seats, and car seat tents.
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