Coat Drive to Benefit the Homeless

Missing the Coat
Homeless need warm outerwear

Doug Atwater works in the laundry room at the Day Center for the Homeless. T-Town Trolley and the Tulsa Oilers are teaming up for a one-day, citywide coat drive to benefit the homeless population. JAMES GIBBARD / Tulsa World

Published: 11/24/2009  2:19 AM
Last Modified: 11/24/2009  4:48 AM

Doug Atwater had not planned on ending up in Tulsa, but here he was.

A Greyhound bus brought him in July 2008 — no friends, no home, just $100 in his pocket.

He met a man at the bus station, though, who said, “‘Brother, you can start over here,'” Atwater said, thinking back to his arrival in Oklahoma.

That summer, he visited the Tulsa Day Center for the Homeless, a visit that changed his life.

“It’s my family here in Tulsa,” he said. “I loved this place, and they love me back.”

Now, Atwater is the clothing room manager for the Tulsa Day Center, which is in need of coats for a fast-approaching winter. That’s why T-Town Trolley and the Tulsa Oilers are teaming up for a one-day, citywide coat drive on Friday to benefit the homeless population.


The trolley will stop at four locations in Tulsa: 10 a.m. at McNellie’s, 409 E. First St.; 1 p.m. at Leon’s, 3301 S. Peoria Ave.; 3 p.m. at Camille’s, 9637 S. Riverside Parkway in Jenks; and 5:30 p.m. downtown at BOK Center, during the Oilers game.

People who donate a coat will receive a free ticket to the hockey game.

“We can take as many coats as we can get,” Atwater said. The weather hasn’t been that bad yet, but it most likely will be soon enough.

This will be Tulsa Day Center’s first coat drive of the year, said Hallie Green, development director at the center. With recently fluctuating temperatures, it’s rather obvious that more coats are needed to stock Atwater’s storage room.


in mind, too, that homeless don’t have places to store their belongings, Green said, so they usually aren’t able to hang on to a coat from season to season.

The center sees about 400 people a day, so coats of all sizes are needed, she said. Anything that can be layered would be much appreciated — sweatshirts, sweaters, scarves, hats, gloves, anything to keep men, women and children warm. As men make up the majority of people at the center, men’s coats are needed most.

The center also needs sheets, blankets and bath towels, which are washed daily.

Many people might not realize how important the center is to those who don’t know when — or if — their next meals are coming.

Atwater, for instance, had never been in a situation before like the one he found himself upon arriving in Tulsa. He experienced firsthand what it was like to have no place to go, to depend on strangers for necessities to live — specifically, food and clothes.

“It’s a blessing, this place here,” Atwater said, adding he wished every city in the country had a place like Tulsa Day Center. “You can’t even put a price on it, to serve my brothers and sisters. It’s truly a wonderful feeling to me.”

Holiday needs

Tulsa Day Center for the Homeless, 415 W. Archer St., needs your help to spread holiday cheer. Here are some simple ways you can do it:

Outdoor lights are always a special treat. You can decorate the center’s courtyard with lights.

Come with craft supplies, enough to make 25-30 ornaments, cards or other decorations.

Be Santa Claus by treating one of the center’s housed clients — mostly single adults, but some families — to the holiday they wouldn’t have otherwise. You will receive a wish list for each person or family that has been nominated by a case manager.

Help collect items so folks who wake up at the center Dec. 25 will have a special breakfast. Needed: 150 each of flavored oatmeal packets, fruit cups or fruit, muffins, milk, sugar, sweetener, juice, hot cocoa packets and decaffeinated coffee.

Let there be light — and water, electricity and staff to serve our clients all year long. That said, monetary gifts are much appreciated. Or donate in honor of friends and family this holiday with a donation in their name and a holiday card you sent out acknowledging your gift.

For more on how you can help, contact Debra Dester at either 583-5588 or ddester@tulsadaycenter.org.


Trolley Coat Drive

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Citywide Coat Drive to Benefit Area’s Homeless Population

Tulsa Oilers Giving Free Tickets with Donation

With cold weather approaching, the Tulsa Day Center for the Homeless announced today that T-Town Trolley, Tulsa Oilers and e2  are teaming up for a one-day, citywide coat drive on Friday, Nov. 27 to benefit the area’s homeless population.

“We see about 400 people each day – men, women and children – so we have a tremendous need for coats of all sizes,” said Hallie Green, development director at the Day Center. “Hoodies, jackets, heavy winter coats… anything that can be layered. We can use it all.”

The trolley will stop at several locations around Tulsa throughout the day and end up at the BOK Center in time for that night’s Oiler’s hockey game. People who donate a coat will get a free ticket to the hockey game.

The trolley will stop at four locations across Tulsa area:

  • 10 a.m. Downtown: McNellie’s, 409 E. 1st Street
  • 1 p.m. Brookside: Leon’s, 3301 S. Peoria Ave.
  • 3 p.m. Jenks:  Camille’s, 9637 S. Riverside Parkway
  • 5:30 p.m. Oiler’s Game:  BOK Center Downtown Tulsa

For more information call Tom Droege at 599-0029 or email tom@rexpr.com or Gina Holloway with E2 Worldwide Events 935-5656.

Founded in 1985, the Tulsa Day Center for the Homeless provides a safe, healthy environment for the homeless and opportunities for these individuals to achieve self-sufficiency. The center provided care for 11,419 individuals in 2008. For more information about the Tulsa Day Center for the Homeless, visit the Web site at www.tulsadaycenter.org


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AC/DC single-handedly turned a generation onto sex, drugs & rock ‘n’roll. Now they’re back to corrupt a whole new youth with one of the most legendary stage shows in rock. Don’t miss guitarist Angus Young’s schoolboy-on-speed shredding and the rest of the band when their tour hits BOK Center in Tulsa, OK. This is your chance to see this legendary band live and on stage!                                                                 ACDC

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FREE WHEELIN’: Tulsa now has a free ride between the Osage Million Dollar Elm Casino and downtown Tulsa thanks to the T-Town Trolley.

A partnership with the T-Town Trolley and the Osage Million Dollar Elm Casino has been forged.

The T-Town Trolley operates on the hour to and from Osage Million Dollar Elm casino, five minutes from downtown at the end of L.L. Tisdale Parkway.

Free transportation is now available Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights from 6 p.m. to 3 a.m. to and from Osage Million Dollar Elm casino, the Brady district and Downtown Tulsa. The T-Town Trolley will be running from 6 p.m. to midnight after all major BOK Center shows.

For more information, visit www.ttowntrolley.com or www.milliondollarelm.com.




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Help The Homeless

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This time, it’s OK to leave your coat behind on the trolley.

T-Town Trolley and Tulsa Oilers have teamed to help the Day Center for the Homeless with a coat drive on Friday.

A trolley will stop from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at McNellie’s, collecting coats to take to the center. Then, it moves to Camille’s at 96th Street and Riverside Drive, where it will collect coats from 2 to 5 p.m.

Blake Lund, who owns the trolley service, has “a passion for the homeless,” he said. So when Gina Holloway, who does marketing consulting for him, saw something about the Day Center on KTUL, channel 8’s morning show, they decided to lend a hand — and as many coats as possible.

During the collections, members of the Oilers, as well as the team mascot and some of the Oilers Ice Girls will be onboard signing autographs and giving away one ticket for the Oilers’ Saturday game per donation, Lund said.

The center is looking for all sizes of new and gently used coats, particularly adult outerwear, said Hallie Green, the center’s development director.

“Really, anything that can be layered,” Green said of the center’s needs. “Hoodies, jackets, heavy winter coats — we’ll take it all.” They see about 400 people each day in all shapes and sizes, so every article of clothing helps.

The center also needs hats, gloves, scarves, blankets and towels, Green said.

For more, call either T-Town Trolley at 794-2485 or the Day Center for the Homeless, 583-5588. Or visit tulsaworld.com/ttowntrolley.


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