Every Thanksgiving, a group of Brownies Hamburgers crew members, friends and customers wake up hours before the sun rises and heads to one of the famous Tulsa restaurants.

There they form an assembly line and, thanks to donations from across the city, fill up about 800 to-go boxes full of pancakes, eggs, biscuits, juice and milk for Tulsa’s needy.

But that tradition is on the ropes. With only a little more than a week remaining before Thanksgiving, Brownies Hamburgers owner Debra Oakley said only about $100 of the group’s $2,500 goal has been collected.


Brownies Hamburgers Owner Debra Oakley. DYLAN GOFORTH/The Frontier

“I think Thanksgiving is just sneaking up on people,” she said. “We often have quite a bit of funds raised by now.”

Oakley said her group is scheduled to take the meals to the Tulsa Day Center for the Homeless, The John 3:16 Mission, Iron Gate, Youth Services of Tulsa and Salvation Army.

“All together that’s totaling about 850 people,” Oakley said. 

That’s where you come in. There are two ways for people to donate — You can take monetary donations to either of the three Brownies Hamburgers locations (2130 S. Harvard Ave., 6577 E. 71st Street, 1730 Utica Square,) or you can donate online at a GoFundMe page Oakley set up.

“It’s just something nice that we like to do to give back,” Oakley said. “I’m looking forward to being able to do it again.”