This Thanksgiving season, while you’re out shopping for friends and family and get-togethers — or just for yourself — take a moment to think about giving to your community, too. Ask local retailers about discounts, “buy one/give one” opportunities and what you might be able to share with your neighbors in need. Retail therapy always makes us feel good, especially when it helps keep everyone’s spirits up. Here are a few options to foster community thoughtfulness, too. — By Brittany Pickering

OKG Shop: Giving Back
Mark Hancock
Mary Anne Eckstein at the new, large Oklahoma City National Memorial viewing window, from inside the Memorial Museum where she serves as Director of Media, 10-23-15.

Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum

620 N. Harvey Ave.


Take a moment to reflect on everything this great city has, including its residents, who never fail to help out friends and neighbors in a crisis. Stop by the Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum and remember and support those involved in the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building tragedy. All donations go toward museum upkeep and help “ensur[e] that future generations will continue to learn how our community and our country came together as others were trying to tear us apart.”

Blessing of the Animals

9 a.m. Nov. 14

Skyline Urban Ministry

500 SE 15th St., Moore


Skyline Urban Ministry is setting aside a day this month to honor pets. So gather Snickers and Garfield up in their carriers and take them to 500 SE 15th St. in Moore for a day of fun and remembrance. Blessing of the Animals is 9-11 a.m., a free lunch will be 11-11:30 a.m. and a memorial service begins at 11:30 a.m. Pets get a free goody bag and St. Francis medallion, and Oklahoma City Pet Food Pantry will be on hand so your little buddies won’t go hungry. Skyline Urban Ministry’s Food Resource Center and Clothing Closet also will be open.

OKG Shop: Giving Back
Steve Seikel, an artist who will display paintings at the Oklahoma Artists Invitational Benefit November 13-15 at North Park Mall, which supports the Mercy Foundation Stroke Education & Treatment program.  Dr Richard V Smith speaks at 2pm on Sat & Sun.  Steve and Karen Seikel are the owners of Steve's Rib in Edmond.

Oklahoma Artists Invitational Fall Art Benefit

4 p.m.-8 p.m. Nov. 13, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Nov. 14 and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 15

Shoppes at Northpark

12100 N. May Ave.


Oklahoma Artists Invitational Fall Art Benefit is selling art to raise money for Mercy Foundation Stroke Treatment and Education Program. The nonprofit will set up at Shoppes at Northpark 4-8 p.m. Nov. 13, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Nov. 14 and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 15. Twenty-two artists are contributing paintings, portraits and jewelry. Dr. Richard Smith will talk about new stroke treatments at 2 p.m. each day.

Oklahoma City Turkey Trot

8 a.m. Nov. 26

Lake Hefner East Wharf

3701 S. Lake Hefner Drive



Put on your running shoes and wait a few hours to gobble up your Thanksgiving feast. Oklahoma City Turkey Trot kicks off 8 a.m. Nov. 26 at Stars & Stripes Park at Lake Hefner, 3701 S. Lake Hefner Drive. All proceeds from race registration are used to support Eagle Ridge Institute, a local organization that provides foster care, youth mentoring and substance abuse prevention and treatment to Oklahomans.

Students Against Hunger Food and Fund Drive


Oklahoma students are taking a stand against hunger by gathering food for those in need. Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma’s 11th annual Students Against Hunger Food and Fun Drive runs through Nov. 13. Schools in OKC, Edmond, Yukon and Moore are participating. The food bank especially needs canned meats, canned fruits and vegetables, peanut butter and rice and beans. Monetary donations are also accepted, as the food bank is able to provide five meals for every dollar donated.

Turkey Day 5K & 1 Mile Fun Run

8:30 a.m. Nov. 26

Norman High School

911 W. Main St., Norman


Norman’s Turkey Day 5K & 1 Mile Fun Run is back. The 5K begins at 8:30 a.m. and the fun run kicks off at 9:30 a.m. Both take place on Norman High School’s campus, 911 W. Main St. This year’s fundraising goal is $20,000, and proceeds benefit Cleveland County Habitat for Humanity, which will build houses for 10 families who were affected by the May 2013 tornado in Moore.

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