Keep the spirit of the holidays going by giving back to those less fortunate this season. As cold weather approaches, members of our community experiencing homelessness will need some extra help staying warm for the winter. There are a few community organizations accepting holiday donations in Toronto and they’ve shared a list of things they need this month.
The City of Toronto has a list of shelters and agencies with its own Holiday Wish Lists, highlighting the needs of the community members it serves. Items may include gift cards, warm winter clothing, food and hygiene products.
The site provides information regarding holiday donation drop-off and hours of operation. If you’re looking to do more, some agencies also have volunteer opportunities.
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Here are a few agencies in Toronto accepting donations and what’s on their wishlists:
- Christie Ossington Neighbourhood Centre – 973 Lansdowne Avenue
- Client group: Men
- Needs: Gift cards, socks, underwear, hats, gloves, boots, coats
- Christie Refugee Welcome Centre – 43 Christie Street
- Client group: Refugee and refugee claimant families
- Needs: Basic needs, warm clothing, toys
- Na-Me-Res (Native Men’s Residence) – 14 Vaughan Road
- Client group: Men experiencing homelessness
- Needs: Warm winter clothing, jackets, hats, boots, gloves, hygiene products, gift cards
- Street Haven – 87 Pembroke Street
- Client group: Women experiencing homelessness
- Needs: Gift cards
- YouthLink – 747 Warden Avenue, Scarborough, ON
- Client group: Youth and families
- Needs: Gift cards, winter coats, pillows, socks and underwear
For the full list of agencies and interactive, click here.
Everyone deserves to stay warm this winter.