The holiday season is a time of warmth, family, friends, and food.
But unfortunately, that’s not the case for everyone in Toronto.
If you’re interested in making a difference in someone’s life this holiday season, there are few ways that you can give back.
While a select number of Toronto organizations and shelters are looking for extra helping hands this season, the best way to give back is to donate the items that are in high-demand during winter.
There are currently 58 shelters and organizations in need of specific items this winter, you can find the full list here.
Here are the organizations that are really in need this holiday season:
Clients: Homeless senior men.
Items needed: Clothing and winter outerwear, personal hygiene items, board games, movies, and musical instruments. Items can be dropped off Monday to Friday from 9 am to 5 pm.
Address: 1673 Kingston Road
Items needed: Grocery gift cards, diapers, baby wipes, basket balls and soccer balls for the kids. Items can be dropped off Monday to Friday from 9 am to 7 pm.
Address: 43 Christie Street
Clients: Homeless and low income individuals, families, seniors, single parents and newcomers.
Items needed: Winter outerwear and accessories, new socks and underwear, sleeping bags, blankets, personal hygiene supplies, and monetary donations. Call to arrange pick-up at 416-834-7736.
Address: 35 Brian Peck Crescent
Clients: Marginalized adults, many with mental health and addiction concerns and are homeless or at risk of homelessness.
Items needed: Food items to prepare holiday meals (turkeys, vegetables, bread, coffee/tea), grocery store gift cards, monetary donations, personal hygiene supplies, feminine hygiene products (not accepting razors or mouthwash), gift cards for food and grocery stores, TTC tokens/Metro passes, towels, gently used winter clothing and accessories, and new underwear. Items can be dropped off Monday to Friday from 10 am to 5 pm
Address: 145 Queen Street East
Homes First Society
Clients: Homeless adults living with mental health and addiction concerns, refugees, newcomers, and victims violence and abuse.
Items needed: Gift cards, personal hygiene supplies, bath towels and robes, bedding, and new or gently-used winter clothing and accessories. Items can be dropped off 24/7.
Address: 90 Shuter Street, second floor
Clients: Individuals and families living with mental health concerns.
Items needed: Warm winter clothing and outerwear for adults and children, toys for children ages 5-11, personal hygiene supplies, gift cards. To make drop-offs, call 416-539-0690 ext 322 to make arrangements.
Address: 805 Bloor Street West
Clients: Aboriginal women and children.
Items needed: Backpack care kits (including personal hygiene supplies), gift cards, down filled sleeping bags, thermal winter clothes, and winter boots. Drop-offs can be made Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10 am to 4:30 pm.
Address: 191 Gerrard Street East
Clients: Marginalized, homeless and precariously-housed women.
Items needed: Personal hygiene supplies, new sock and underwear, gift cards (grocery stores, Walmart), towels, and blankets. Drop-offs can be made 24/7, Monday to Friday preferred.
Address: 962 Boor Street West
Clients: Parenting and pregnant youth (under 25) and their children.
Items needed: Personal hygiene supplies for babies and young adults, make-up, children’s books and toys, children’s clothes (newborn-age 6), winter clothing and accessories (children and young adult), and grocery gift cards. Items can be dropped-off Monday to Friday from 10 am to 5 pm.
Address: 65 Wellesley Street East, Suite 500
Clients: Homeless and under housed individuals.
Items needed: New or gently used and freshly laundered sleeping bags, new long johns, mittens, and new and unopened personal hygiene supplies. Items can be dropped-off Monday to Friday from 9 am to 5 pm.
Address: 338 Dundas Street East.