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The holiday season is a very busy time of year at the shelter and it is also the time we are most in need of support. Luckily, there are many individuals, families and work places that want to make the holiday season special for those in need. If you are looking to help a family, following is a list of items that are most helpful for the women and children residing at the shelter:
Gift cards are the best gifts ~ families often come to the shelter with nothing. We ask each family to prepare a list of items that they need. Most often they appreciate help with gathering household items for their new homes. Gift cards allow women to choose items for themselves. Stores such as: Walmart, Loblaws, Canadian Tire, Best Buy, Future Shop, Giant Tiger, Food Basics, Bayshore Mall, St. Laurent Mall, Carlingwood Mall and other department stores are most helpful when starting over. Bus tickets are also very helpful.
As our location is confidential, families staying at the shelter have to visit with friends and family members at safe locations in the community. Gift cards for coffee shops or restaurants (Second Cup, Tim Horten’s and Starbucks) allow them to do so. Families with children appreciate gift cards for the cinema and indoor play grounds (midway, cosmic adventures, McDonald’s etc.) these allow moms to take their children out for a fun activity and take their minds off of the difficulties that they are experiencing.
Many donors prefer to give presents instead of gift cards. For the women, as previously mentioned, items such as, toasters, kettles, pots and pans, dishes, cutlery, linens, towels, shower curtains, coffee makers, curtains, comforters, blankets, lamps, brooms, mops, and all of the little things needed when moving to a new home are greatly appreciated. Personal care items, pyjama’s, slippers, socks, warm sweaters, jewellery, books, and DVD’s are also wonderful presents.
For the older children and youth, gift cards for future shop, best buy and popular electronic items (mp3 players, ipod’s, tablets, earphones, DVD players and movies) are needed. Moms of younger children appreciate gift cards for Toys ‘R Us and departments stores that sell toys. Some of the most popular children’s presents are arts and crafts supplies (boxed sets for jewellery making, origami, etc.), cars and trucks, warm sweaters, sports equipment and new DVD’s, DVD players.
Please note: If receipts are kept for purchases or gift cards, tax receipts will be provided.
Drop off/pick up of New Donations
Please contact Keri Lewis at 613-862-9164 or by email at email@example.com
All used items can be dropped off at St. Richard’s Church, 8 Withrow Ave. , Nepean. St. Richard’s kindly collects used items on our behalf and allows the women and children from Nelson House free access to these items. The Salvation Army store at 1616 Merivale Rd will also accept donations on our behalf. They allow women and children to access items from their store for free. Please mark any bags or boxes of donations with ‘Nelson House’ so the recipients are aware that the items are being donated for the women and children of Nelson House.