During the holiday season, The Lawton Constitution collects wish lists from local nonprofits and clubs. The funding nonprofits receive throughout the year goes back into the community in different ways. But most of the time, that money goes toward keeping the lights on and the water running. Each year, The Lawton Constitution publishes these wish lists in the hope that members of the community will embrace the season’s spirit of giving and donate to the various organizations.
Lawton Mobile Meals Inc., South Shepler Tower, 2800 W. Gore, is a nonprofit that has served the community for more than 50 years by bringing food to locals.
Wish list: Cans of chicken noodle soup, preferably the pop top cans.
The Center For Creative Living, 3501 Dr. Elsie Hamm Drive, is a nonprofit that provides a meeting place for active senior citizens aged 55 and older. The organization has been active since 1980.
Wish list: Two-ply toilet paper, regular and decaf coffee, 8½ inch x 11 inch white copy paper, and cookies.
Marie Detty’s Parker Pointe Group Home, 811 SW 17th, is a 16-bed facility for girls ages 13-17. Marie Detty Youth & Family Services, Inc. is a non-profit agency that relies on the generosity of donors in the community.
Wish list: Winter clothing (medium, large, XL, 2XL, 3XL), summer clothing (medium, large, XL, 2XL, 3XL), workout clothing (medium, large, XL, 2XL, 3XL), coats (medium, large, XL, 2XL, 3XL), swimsuits, socks, underwear (sizes 6-16), bras (all sizes), pajamas (medium, large, XL, 2XL, 3XL), bath towels, washcloths, hygiene items, razors/shaving cream, art supplies (canvas, paintbrushes, paints, chalk, art projects, etc.), portable radios, headphones, hair brushes, combs, sports equipment, bedding, plastic mattress covers (twin XL), suitcases, Wii games, Xbox games, Playstation 4 games, outdoor games, workout DVD’s, workout shoes, board games, make-up kits, coloring books and school supplies.
Lawton’s Breaden Wildlife Rehab Center, 1908 NW 66th Circle, is run by Wallie Breaden. Breaden has been a wildlife rehabilitator for more than 50 years. Breaden volunteers all of this time and never charges for the care of any injured wildlife that is turned into him.
Wish list: Gift cards from Walmart, Tractor Supply and Atwoods; large and small animal carriers; large and small animal crates; blankets; towels and cleaning supplies.
Helping Women Win Inc., 1601 SW Parkridge Blvd., is reducing violence by improving support, housing and education for underserved women and girls across Oklahoma. Helping Women Win Inc. is a survivor-led organization dedicated to creating a safe space while ensuring accessible and equitable services for all affected by poverty and violence.
Wish list: One permanent home, one passenger vehicle, one laser printer, Forever Stamp rolls, standard business envelopes, prepaid phones, Chromebook laptops, 31-day bus passes, gift cards from Sam’s, Walmart, Staples, Target or similar.
Call 699-5539 or 647-0346.
Tipton Children’s Home, PO Box 370, Tipton, OK 73570, offers focused, long-term residential care with an emphasis on education, community activity and church life. The home is a traditional group home in a rural setting for children ages 5-18 in need of a safe, nurturing place to live.
Wish list: Toys (ages 5-12), towels, washcloths, twin-size sheets, pillows, board games, picture books, a compact car or an SUV, cereal, dryer sheets and trash bags.
Call 667-5221 or 471-4420.
Lawton Community Theatre, 1316 NW Bell, is a nonprofit, community theatre dedicated to promoting theatre and enriching the quality of life in southwest Oklahoma through theatre.
Wish list: Gift cards to Sam’s, Walmart, Joann Fabrics, Lowe’s and Home Depot.
Lawton Philharmonic Orchestra, 501 SW C Ave Suite #309, is a civic, non-profit organization devoted exclusively to the promotion of musical and educational activities which further the development of musical understanding and appreciation in Lawton and the surrounding area.
Wish list: Donations to enable students to experience the orchestra for $5 each, postage stamps, copy paper and file folders — and more concert-goers.
Arts for All, Inc., 425 SW B, Arts for All is an alliance of art groups formed in 1977 to collectively foster and raise funds to keep the arts alive in the community and schools. Arts for All, Inc., as an “umbrella” organization, enables synergy of people with a wide variety of interests to work together ensuring the arts continue to thrive in all of southwest Oklahoma.
Wish list: Stamps and copy paper.
The Chisholm Trail Heritage Center Association, 1000 Chisholm Trail Parkway, Duncan, OK 73533, is a nonprofit public organization. It depends on members, donations and private foundations to maintain its mission.
Wish list: Baby wipes, Clorox wipes, tissues, pencils, paper towels, tempera paint, glue sticks, construction paper, cardstock — black or white — and swabs.
The Lawton-Fort Sill Bridge Club, 23 SW C, is a club that has existed for several years in Lawton.
Wish list: A computer with Microsoft office and a refrigerator with a working freezer.
Zoe Christian Center, 1108 SW Tennessee, is a faith-based ministry in Lawton.
Wish list: Children’s Bibles.
The Holy City of the Wichitas, P.O. Box 465, Medicine Park, Oklahoma 73557, is run by the nonprofit Wallock Foundation and is in need of operational funds to pay the day to day expenses
Wish list: One-time, monthly or yearly monetary donations.
Salt of the Earth Ministries, 2209 NW 25th, is a non-denominational church in Lawton with several different ministries.
Wish list: Four new computers/laptops, multi-purpose duster spray for electronics, envelopes, printer with ink cartridges, pens, printer paper, power strips with surge protector, cases of water, Starlight Peppermint Hard candy, Sweet Strips Soft Peppermint candy, lock for supply door, flags, paint, paint smocks, easels, white board, baby wipes, diapers, toys, two DVD players, two televisions, two computers/laptops for homework, arcade style game system from Sam’s Club, one rechargeable battery charger with rechargeable batteries, wireless microphone for apostle, three microphone stands, two wireless microphones, computer and programs to run Bible scriptures and video in the monitors, monetary donations to purchase food, shelves, cleaning wipes, disposable gloves, pens, computer, hanging files and large plastic bins.
The Jensyn Project was started by 8-year-old Jensyn Hood. Jensyn collects blankets each year for the less fortunate. This year she is looking to donate 150 blankets, currently she is about 50 blankets short.
Giddy Up ‘N’ Go, 7205 SE Bishop Road, is an organization focused on helping children and adults through physical, occupational or speech therapy through equestrian experiences in a safe environment.
Wish list: Atwoods or Tractor Supply gift card, box fans for stalls, heated water buckets, horse treats, fly spray, stamps, dry erase markers, printer paper, printer ink for Epson printer (288), bottled water for volunteers, coffee maker.
The Lawton Food Bank, 1819 S. Sheridan, was founded in 1985 by Carter and Marilyn Crane who simply saw a need in our community that wasn’t being met. They recruited their church and their friends and their friends’ churches and local businesses to help care for hungry people.
Wish list: Fork lift seat, new/gently used books, bean bags, pallet jack with scale, metal feed scoop, gallon Ziplock bags, Rubbermaid tubs/totes, scale for tabletop weighing of food (up to 100/150 pounds), freezer gloves, freezer coat, plastic grocery bags — new or gently used, broom and dustpan, Cherry Picker and labor for a small project to fix a small hole in roof eave of building (hole is about a foot long), blinds for three windows on south side of building, rolling library book cart(s), electrician to fix an outdoor light that is currently not working and 6-foot folding tables.