Holiday Giving

Tuesday, November 16th 2010, 11:18 am
By: News 9

The holiday season can be very difficult for people throughout our community. While it is important for us to always reach out to those who need our support, it is especially important this time of year.

Invite those who may not be able to be with family to join your family in celebration. Connect with elderly people in your community who may need a helping hand, a ride to the mall, or just a friend to talk to. Looking for other ideas? Try one of the following…

Lend a Helping Hand

The Volunteer Center

Support Deployed Service Men and Women

Blue Star Moms & Blue Star Moms (Oklahoma Chapter)

Buy Toys for a Child in Need

Marine Toys for Tots Foundation:

Search for a local donation location

Donate Food

Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma (Central and Western Oklahoma)

Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma

Do You or Someone You Know Need a Helping Hand?

Whether you know someone personally who needs help or you are approached by a stranger, dial 2-1-1, it's free and available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

By dialing 2-1-1 the caller will be connected to a call center serving that particular geographical area.

2-1-1 certified specialists assess a caller's needs and determine what service providers in the area are best equipped to provide the needed help. 2-1-1 certified specialists refer the caller directly to appropriate service providers.

2-1-1 is an easy to remember, free 24-hour telephone number that connects people with important community services seven days a week, 365 days a year. 2-1-1 is statewide with designated call centers serving specific geographical areas of the state.

2-1-1 has access to a language translation service to better serve all Oklahomans.

For more information about 2-1-1 go to