You can help families get back on their feet and start again. Many families arrive at our shelter with little other than the clothes on their backs. By donating gift boxes of essential items for women and children you can make a difference when they arrive at the shelter or are moving out and starting a new home.
We encourage you to box or package items according to these categories:
Winter Wear – jackets, boots, hats, mitts & scarves, snow pants
Clothing – socks, underwear, sweaters, jeans and pants (for all ages and genders)
Toiletries – body wash, lufas, lotion, toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner, women’s hygiene etc.
Kitchen – department store gift cards, cutlery, kitchen knife sets, plates, kettles, small appliances (toaster, microwave, blender, coffee maker, etc.)
Bed and Bath – department store gift cards, sheets, towels, kids bedding
Baby – clothing, formula, diapers & supplies
Teen – gift cards (itunes, mall gift cards, etc.), age appropriate toys, books, toiletries/make-up, hair accessories
Food – grocery store gift cards, non-perishable food
Toys – age appropriate toys for children 0 – 12
All items must be new and unwrapped. Boxes or baskets can be wrapped with clear cellophane.
If you are interested in this program please contact our Holiday Giving Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org or 416-915-5671 x234.
1) Are there any items I should avoid donating?
Please avoid gifts that may be deemed as violent as many of our families are survivors of violence or war (e.g. War toys, replica guns).
Please avoid donating used items at this time of the year. We will begin accepting used items as of January 26th, 2015.
2) Are tax receipts available for donations?
Tax receipts will not be provided for in-kind donations. Only financial gifts of $20 or more are eligible for tax receipts.
3) What is the latest date that I can drop off gifts?
Last day for drop off of gifts: Monday December 15th, 2014.
Drop off Location: Red Door Family Shelter—Administrative Office
21 Carlaw Avenue, Toronto, Ontario M4M 2R6
Drop off hours: 9:00am—6:00pm