NORMAN – Many charitable organizations face difficulties in times of economic hardship, and the Sam Noble Museum in Norman is helping to boost holiday donations to a local charity with a collection drive. The museum will be collecting donations of new, unwrapped gifts and non-perishable food items for Food and Shelter for Friends beginning Friday, Nov. 26, and continuing through Thursday, Dec. 2.


Every item donated at the museum will earn the donor an entry into a drawing to win a $50 gift certificate to Excavations, the museum store. The drawing will take place at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 2, during the museum’s annual Holiday Happening event.  Entrants must be present to win.


The food and gifts will be distributed at Food and Shelter for Friends’ annual holiday party for the families and individuals who are under their care. Donations can be brought to the museum any time during regular museum hours, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, from Friday, Nov. 26, through 7:45 p.m. Dec. 2 at Holiday Happening.


Food and Shelter for Friends is a nonprofit organization that maintains eight shelters for homeless individuals and families in Norman. The organization also provides free community lunches, assistance with rent and utility payments, children’s programs and other services to help prevent homelessness and help the needy in Norman to achieve independence.


The Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History is located on the University of Oklahoma Norman campus. For more information, call (405) 325-4712, or visit the museum’s Web site at




Linda Coldwell
Public Relations and Marketing Officer
Sam Noble Museum
(405) 325-0598