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Nonprofit notes: Helping homeless women, Oklahoma Hall of Fame, flu vaccinations and blood donations

Fundraiser to help homeless women

Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City will host a Facebook Live event March 6 to raise money in place of their annual gala fundraiser. Local news anchor Amanda Taylor will host the event.

Catholic Charities’ Development Centers are dedicated to helping homeless women with immediate needs such as showers, laundry and groceries, as well as with long-term solutions like counseling, permanent housing, case management, and assistance with utility bills and rental deposits. Green Tie Gatherings is a way to help these women by making donations and bidding on auction items that include travel packages, jewelry, a guitar signed by Keith Urban and more.

Bidding begins March 1. For more information, go to and

Oklahoma Hall of Fame nomination deadline nears

The 94th class of the Oklahoma Hall of Fame will receive Oklahoma’s highest honor Nov. 18 in Tulsa. Since the first induction in 1928, more than 700 Oklahomans have received the honor. The Oklahoma Hall of Fame seeks nominations for its Class of 2021. To make a nomination, go to by March 1.

For questions or additional information regarding nominations, contact Brenda Schwartz at 523-3209 or

Caring Vans help children fight the flu

The Oklahoma Caring Vans are helping to fight the spread of the flu virus this season. The program’s nine mobile units have been traveling throughout the state and are expected to provide flu vaccinations to 4,500 children.

The Oklahoma Caring Van Program provides immunizations and other preventative services at no charge to children 6 weeks through 18 years old who are uninsured, Medicaid eligible or Native American. In addition to flu shots, the Caring Vans provide all immunizations required by state law for enrollment in school or child care. Infants must be 6 months old to receive the flu vaccine.

Immunizations are given on a first-come, first-served basis. For each child immunized, a parent or guardian must provide current shot records and complete paperwork. For a full schedule of clinics, go to,, or text OKCVAN to 33633.

Oklahoma Blood Institute extends cash giveaway

Oklahoma Blood Institute is extending a $2,000 daily prize giveaway through the end of February as a thank-you to loyal donors who give to help rebuild the blood supply.

While the immediate blood emergency has ended, the need for continued blood donations has not. Any donor who gives through Feb. 28 will be entered to win a daily $2,000 prize.

More than 1,200 blood donors are required each day to ensure a healthy supply of blood is available when needed. Those who received the most common COVID-19 vaccines (Moderna or Pfizer) face no waiting time before giving blood or platelets.

Appointments to donate blood can be made at or by calling 877-340-8777. Walk-ins are welcome.

— Erica Smith, for The Oklahoman