Holiday Donation Drives




There's no better time to give back to your community than the holiday season! So we rounded up a list of local non-profits that serve those in need in our community to inspire your family to give to a charity of your passion.

(This is a working list. If you know of a donation drive happening in our community, let us know at lindsay@metrofamilymagazine.com. Last updated Oct. 26, 2017)

If you'd like some ideas of ways to volunteer this holiday season, check out our list of volunteer opportunities in the metro.

Ongoing

WovenLife, formerly known as Easter Seals of Oklahoma, is collecting sensory toys for students with special needs. Therapeutic toys like koosh balls, light up toys, twisting toys, fidgets, toy cars and dolls as well as games like Twister, Chutes and Ladders, Mouse Trap and Headbanz help with hand-eye coordination, fine motor skills and social interaction. Bring your donations to 701 NE 13th St between the hours of 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday through Friday or make a monetary donation at wovenlifeok.org/donate/.  

Sharing Tree is collecting all types of new and gently used clothing, toys and household items for their no-cost Christmas store. Drop off your items at 5827 S. May Ave during regular business hours. For drop off details and a list of much-needed items, visit www.sharingtreeok.org

The Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma provides meals for children and families in central Oklahoma. Drop off donations during regular business hours or shop virtually at their Virtual Grocery Store. For more details, visit www.regionalfoodbank.org.

HOPEfully Yours is an upscale, resale shop, organized by the Hope Center of Edmond. Families can donate items to be resold or shop their selection of clothing, furniture, household items and gifts. The proceeds from the sale of these items help fund our food pantry program emergency financial assistance program and the HOPE Center Health Clinic’s prenatal program. The store is at 908 N Broadway in Edmond and is open Tuesday - Saturday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Donation should be dropped off at 1251 N Broadway. For more details, visit www.hopecenterofedmond.com.

Toys for Tots Oklahoma City needs new, unwrapped toys for kids in need. Various businesses around the community are collecting toys for the program, who uses the gifts as a message of hope to less fortunate youngsters. To learn more and find a drop off location near you, visit okc.toysfortots.org.

Nov. 1 - 21

The HOPE Center of Edmond accepts new toys and cash donations to help fill wish lists from their Christmas program. Donations can be dropped off during regular business hours at 1251 N Broadway. For more details, visit www.hopecenterofedmond.com.

Nov. 1 - 30

K-9 University and MetroFamily Magazine are collecting dog and cat food for Pet Food Pantry of OKC, an organization working to feed animals belonging to the elderly, homeless and veterans in Oklahoma City. Throughout the month of November, you and your kids can bring pet food to one of two locations: K-9 University at 9217 NW Expressway or MetroFamily Magazine at 318 NW 13th Street (located within the office of Steve Meadors & Associates). Your donation will be doubled by K-9 University, up to 500 pounds.

Oklahoma City Zoo's Give for Gorillas Cellphone Challenge is collecting old electronics throughout November. By donating old electronics, you can help reduce the direct effects that cell phones have on wildlife and wild places. Small electronics frequently contain the substance coltan. Mining for coltan threatens gorillas and many other endangered species and their habitats. Items accepted include smartphones, cell phones, handheld gaming systems, tablets, iPods and iPads plus any chargers or accessories that come with these devices. All proceeds from the Eco-Cell Phone Recycling Program directly benefits the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund, one of the OKC Zoo’s global conservation partners. For more information, visit www.okczoo.org/take-action.

Nov. 4 - 13

Food for Fines at the Pioneer Library System (various locations). Customers can bring one can, box or bag of non-expired, non-perishable, unopened and undamaged food which can be exchanged for $1 credit each on fines, up to a maximum of waiver of $20 off an account. For more details, visit pioneerlibrarysystem.org.

Nov. 14 - Dec. 5

The Christmas Store of Cleveland County collects new, unused children's toys, gifts for teens, groceries, non-perishables and household goods. Drop off donations at 641 E Robinson St in Norman or mail monetary donations to PO Box 256, Norman, OK, 73070. Volunteers opportunities are available. Find all the details at christmas-store.org.

Nov. 23 – Jan. 1

Be a Holiday Helper for The Children’s Center! From Thanksgiving through New Year’s Day, local businesses, schools, churches, civic clubs and families are invited to meet the material needs of patients by purchasing items ranging from diapers to specifically requested toys and therapeutic items. Find out all the ways your family can help at www.miracleshappenhere.org/ways-to-give/holiday-helpers/.

Nov. 24

Paycom HoliDazzle Coat Drive at Science Museum Oklahoma (2020 Remington Pl). Bring a new or gently used child- or adult-sized coat or cash donation to receive a photo with Santa, access to the HoliDazzle hot cocoa bar and $5 off that day’s admission to the museum. During HoliDazzle, guests also can meet KFOR on-air personality Scott Hines, score prizes by playing Spin to Win and tour KFOR’s in-action satellite truck, Big Blue. Activities will take place between 9 - 11:30 a.m.

Nov. 24 – Jan. 1

The Downs family of Norman is collecting non-perishable food and money for the Regional Food Bank. Families are encouraged to stop by to enjoy their Christmas light display and leave a donation on the way out. For more information, visit the Downs Family Christmas Facebook page.

Nov. 24 - Dec. 31

The Salvation Army's Red Kettle campaign is a holiday tradition across the U.S. The iconic kettles and bell ringers bring cheer to holiday shoppers and encourage contributions that benefit the Salvation Army's year-round efforts. Learn more and make your own online Red Kettle campaign at give.salvationarmyusa.org.

An entire city block on Markwell Avenue invites the community to enjoy their Christmas light display set to music and drop off canned food donations. Tune in to 107.1 FM to enjoy the show! For more information, visit the Markwell Lights Facebook page.

Nov. 24 - Dec. 6

Catholic Charities OKC and Sunbeam Family Services is collecting toys, bikes, bike helmets, and household items to stock the shelves of their St. Nick's Shoppe. Find a full shopping list and drop off details at www.averygivingchristmas.org. Volunteer opportunities for individuals, families and groups are also available and will include decorating St. Nick's Shoppe, greeting families, helping families select their gifts or wrapping their gifts.

Nov. 24 – Dec. 16

Make wishes come true for the families living at City Rescue Mission. Their Wish Store allows homeless parents to “shop” for gifts for their kids. Shop their Amazon Wish list, which includes a selection of presents for kids of all ages. Visit www.cityrescue.org for all the details and a link to the wish list.

Nov. 25 - Dec. 31

Downtown Edmond businesses are collecting food for the HOPE Center of Edmond. Stop by just about any downtown area businesses to drop off soup, canned meats, canned meals (ravioli, spaghetti-os, etc) peanut butter and any type of canned vegetables or fruits. For more information, visit www.downtownedmondok.com or Downtown Edmond’s Facebook page.  

Nov. 27 - Dec. 21

Ted Moore Auto Group is collecting food for the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma this holiday season. The food drives will be held in the stores at Lawton Kia, Lawton Chrysler Jeep Dodge RAM, Edmond Hyundai, Fiat of Edmond, Stillwater Honda Cars and Barry Sanders Supercenter and food collected will go to each community's food bank. To learn more, visit www.tedmooreautogroup.com/christmas-food-drive.

Nov. 28 – Jan. 1

TEEM, an interfaith nonprofit that works to break the cycle of incarceration and poverty in Oklahoma, is collecting new toys for children with incarcerated parents during their annual toy drive. Donate through TEEM’s official Amazon wish list or drop off donations in person at 1501 N Classen Dr. For more information call 602-0391 or visit www.teem.org.

Through Dec. 31

City Rescue Mission is also filling its pantry with traditional holiday food to serve at their holiday banquets. Drop off frozen turkeys, ham, stuffing mixes, onions, celery, gravy mixes, cranberry sauce, canned green beans & corn, sugar, coffee and tea at 800 W. California Ave. Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Visit www.cityrescue.org for all the details.

If you'd like some ideas of ways to volunteer this holiday season, check out our list of volunteer opportunities in the metro.

 

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