These are the most needed items at Toronto shelters this holiday season

Dec 9 2020, 9:01 am

Are you looking for ways to give back to the community in Toronto this holiday season?

If you’re interested in making a difference in someone’s life during the holidays, there are a few ways that you can do so.

Here is a list of community agencies in the city that support those who are vulnerable, and may be experiencing homelessness.

Central Toronto

Christie Ossington Neighbourhood Centre 

Clients: Primarily homeless men, but women and couples are served at the Rexdale location.

Items needed: Personal hygiene items, socks, toques and mittens, household items for those moving into housing; kitchen, bathroom linen, towels, cleaning supplies, sweaters and warm shirts in all sizes.

Address: 973 Lansdowne Avenue

Drop-offs: 24 hours, seven days a week

Good Shepherd Ministries

Clients: Homeless and at-risk men

Items needed: Personal hygiene items, socks, toques and mittens, household items for those moving into housing; kitchen, bathroom linen, towels, cleaning supplies, sweaters and warm shirts in all sizes.

Address: 973 Lansdowne Avenue

Drop-offs: 24 hours, seven days a week – please arrange a drop off time

Salvation Army Gateway

Clients: Homeless and under-housed men ages 21 years and older, as well as women and men of all ages from surrounding communities

Items needed: New men’s underwear, men’s shaving products, winter boots and waterproof shoes, winter gloves and mittens, hair brushes and combs.

Address: 107 Jarvis Street

Drop-offs: 24 hours, seven days a week

Sojourn House

Clients: Homeless refugees, refugee claimants, newcomers

Items needed: Children’s toys for ages one to 14 years old, grocery store gift cards, hygiene products, winter clothes and coats, loaded Presto Cards.

Address: 101 Ontario Street

Drop-offs: Monday to Friday 9 am to 4:30 pm

Eva’s Initiatives

Clients: Homeless youth ages 16 to 24

Items needed: Gift cards, iPads, headphones, flip flops, perfume or cologne, pyjama sets, bath towels.

Address: 401 Richmond Street W., Suite 245

Drop-offs: Please arrange a drop off time

East York

Kennedy House Youth Services Shelter Program

Clients: Homeless youth

Items needed: Video game consoles, gift cards for Tim Hortons, Starbucks, Shopper’s Drug Mart, or any other youth-friendly locations.

Address: 1076 Pape Avenue

Drop-offs: Monday to Friday, from 9 am to 6 pm

Red Door Family Shelter

Clients: Homeless families, refugees, women who are fleeing from violence

Items needed: New winter accessories; hats, gloves, mittens, scarves, and socks, new toys for ages 6 to 12 years old, gift cards for grocery and discount stores.

Address: 21 Carlaw Avenue

Drop-offs: Monday to Friday, from 9 am to 5 pm

YWCA Davenport

Clients: Adult and youth female-identified, transgender, non-binary, gender-fluid

Items needed: Scarves, mittens, hats, jackets, socks, boots, hot thermoses, gift cards.

Address: 1684 Queen Street East

Drop-offs: Please email to arrange for a drop-off time

Etobicoke

Youth Without Shelter 

Clients: Youths experiencing homelessness

Items needed: Winter boots, coats, sweatpants, t-shirts for all genders and in all sizes, Black hair care products.

Address: 6 Warrendale Court

Drop-offs: Please email to arrange for a drop-off time

North York

Bethlehem United Shelter

Clients: Homeless adults

Items needed: Socks, underwear for men and women, toiletries, towels, blankets, pyjamas.

Address: 1161 Caledonia Road

Drop-offs: Monday to Sunday, from 9 am to 8 pm

Society of Saint Vincent De Paul – St. Clare’s Residence 

Clients: Women ages 25+

Items needed: Dishwashers, refrigerators, laundry appliances, mattress covers, bath towels, single bed sheets.

Address: 3410 Bayview Avenue

Drop-offs: Monday to Friday from 9 am to 4:30 pm – please arrange a drop off time

Scarborough

Warden Woods Community Centre 

Clients: Homeless individuals of all ages

Items needed: Toiletries, hats, scarves, gloves, undergarments, winter jackets, socks, sleeping bags, toys, board games, tablets.

Address: 74 Firvalley Court

Drop-offs: Monday to Friday from 10 am to 2:30 pm

The Salvation Army Maxwell Meighen 

Clients: Adult men

Items needed: Winter jackets, winter boots, sweaters, pants and socks in all sizes.

Address: 50 Estate Drive

Drop-offs: 24 hours seven days a week

York

Horizons for Youth 

Clients: Homeless and at-risk youth: 16-24 years old

Items needed: Gift cards in $5-$10 amounts for coffee chains, McDonald’s, Shopper’s Drug Mart, Walmart, new pyjamas, sweatpants or leggings, sweaters and hoodies, underwear for both females and males in all sizes.

Address: 422 Gilbert Avenue

Drop-offs: 24 hours seven days a week

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