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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


T-Town Trolley Connects Osage Million Dollar Elm Casino to Downtown

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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 or




T-Town Trolley Goes to the Casino

Blake Lund T-Town Trolley Press Conference and Ribbon Cutting Osage Million Dollar Elm Casino


Trolley Goes To Osage Million Dollar Elm Casino

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Osage Million Dollar Elm Casino Announces the partnership between the T-Town Trolley and the Casino.   T-Town Trolley will be transporting Casino guests to and from the Casino to the Downtown and Brookside venues.

Jan. 6th , 2: 00 pm at the Osage Elm Casino – Press Conference and Ribbon Cutting


Help The Homeless

Oilers and trolley team for coat drive 

Blake Lund on the T-Town Trolley Tulsa, Ok

Blake Lund on the T-Town Trolley Tulsa, Ok


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


Santa Rampage

What is Santa Rampage?

It is a pub crawl where everyone dresses in Santa suits or similarly themed holiday attire.
Holiday apparel is mandatory! A Santa hat is not enough. Buy a Santa suit. Make a Santa suit. Paint on a Santa suit. Steal a Santa suit. No money? Be creative! Glue cotton balls to red long johns. Make it purple. Make it pink. Already have a Santa suit? Make a spare so Santa can assimilate strangers. REMEMBER SHARING IS CARING Examples: Pimp Santa, Santa Garcia, Santa’s naughty little helper, candy cane, elf, reindeer, Christmas tree, Chanukah Chicken, Santasaurus

Sign up early! Several noble Santa’s have agreed to help plan out this adventure but in order to get pricing on buses and maximize the potential bar perks we need to know if you are coming ASAP. Email – Jakesulli [ at ]

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