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With the holiday season approaching quickly we would like to put out some information for community members wanting to provide donations for the women and children at Nelson House. This is a very busy time of year at the shelter and we often receive many donations from individuals who want to make the holiday season special for those in need. Here is a list of items that are most helpful for the women staying at the shelter:
Gift cards are the best gifts because often families come to the shelter with nothing but the clothes they are wearing. These families are in a position where they need to rebuild their lives. We ask each family to prepare a list of items that they want/need and most often they appreciate help with gathering household items for when they move into their new homes. Gift cards are especially appreciated because it allows women to choose items for themselves. Gift cards from stores such as: Walmart, Loblaws, Canadian Tire, Best Buy, Future Shop, Giant Tiger, Food Basics, Bayshore, St. Laurent, Carlingwood and other department stores are extremely helpful gifts.
Because our location is confidential families staying at the shelter have to visit with friends and family members at safe locations away from the shelter. Gift cards for coffee shops or restaurants (Second Cup, Tim Horten’s and Starbucks) allow them to go out for awhile to access support from their loved ones. For families, gift cards for the cinema, indoor play grounds (midway, cosmic adventures, McDonald’s etc.) allow moms to take their children out for a fun activity to take their minds off of the problems they are experiencing. Bus tickets are also very helpful presents.
Many donors prefer to give presents for families rather than gift cards. For the women, as previously mentioned, household items are the most useful presents. Items such as: toasters, kettles, pots and pans, dishes, cutlery, linens, towels, shower curtains, coffee makers, curtains, comforters, blankets, lamps, brooms, mops, all of the little things needed when moving to a new home. Personal care items such as: pj’s, slippers, socks, warm sweaters, jewellery, books, DVD’s are also wonderful presents.
For older children and youth staying at the shelter gift cards for future shop, best buy and popular electronic items (mp3 players, ipods, 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, orgami, etc.), cars and trucks, warm sweaters, sports equipment (soccer balls, footballs etc.) and new DVD’s, DVD players.
Drop off/pick up for New Donations:
Please contact Samantha Cantwell at 613-851-7909 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange a time to meet to drop off your donation or if you require any further information, or ideas for donations.
Any and all gift donations are tax deductible and a tax receipt will be provided as long as we are provided with item receipts and contact information for the donor (full name, address, phone number etc.).
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.