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Warm Clothing Donation Sites in Vancouver

November 24th, 2010 @ 9:15am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Ducking into our houses to escape the ghosts made with our breaths, we grab our flannel pijamas, fleece blankets, and cozy-up on the couch to keep warm for the evening. Unfortunately for many in Vancouver, this just cannot and does not happen. Hundreds are on the streets and in shelters, without the luxury of a Snuggie or even a pair of wool socks.

Winter Wonderland
Photo credit: Tom Wiebe on Flickr

I know that every one of us probably has a perfectly good coat in the closet that just isn’t worn anymore or a pair of brand new hoodies that are just a few sizes too big. This is your chance to clear out your storage spaces, boxes and bins, and give these items to those who could really use them. Here’s an easy reference list of donation drop off locations around Vancouver:

Covenant House BC
Location: 575 Drake Street, Vancouver, BC
Needed items: New hoodies, coats, running shoes (for men and women, assorted sizes).

Red Sock Project
Location: nood 115 Water Street, Vancouver
Needed: Purchase a pair of red wool socks on-site for $2 and they will be distributed by the Salvation Army.

First United Church
Location: 320 East Hastings Street, Vancouver
Neeeded: Warm jackets, toques, vests, warm shirts, pants shoes, socks, and underwear.

Lookout Emergency Shelter
Location: 346 Alexander, Vancouver. Call (604) 255-0340 for drop-off instructions
Needed: Blankets and comfort items (toothbrushes, combs, bandaids)

Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre
Location: 302 Columbia Street, Vancouver
Needed: Warm clothing, socks, underwear, outer wear.

The Salvation Army Harbour Light
Location: 119 East Cordova Street
Needed: Blankets, underwear, socks, jackets, gloves/mittens, scarves, and hats.

Blanket Drive at various real estate offices
Locations: Download this PDF for a list of locations in Metro Vancouver
Needed: Warm blankets

Blanket Drive on the Line
Location: 12 SkyTrain and Canada Line stations on Friday November 26, 2010
Needed: Warm blankets collected on behalf of BlanketBC

City of Vancouver Archives
Location: Vanier Park
Needed: Warm clothing donations that will be dropped off at The Gathering Place.

Union Gospel Mission – UGM Outreach Team
Location: 616 E Cordova Street
Needed: Warm clothing items, new and gently-worn.

Two years ago a group of people took it upon themselves to make a difference. They connected through Twitter and came together for a Tweetup Heatup, collecting coats and warm clothing donations to hand out in the Downtown Eastside. This sparked Tweetup Heatups in several other cities across North America including Pittsburgh.

One small gesture, one afternoon, can make a difference. Let’s make sure all Vancouverites can get through this cold snap.

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24 comments

  1. sue says:

    Downtown Eastside Woman’s Center(302 Columbia) (DEWC) is always in need of warm clothing socks underwear outer wear. The day center is closed come 5pm , but we also have a night shelter that we supply with the essentials blankets & clothing a warm meal ect. If you could add us to your list that would be great! Thanks

  2. Rebecca Bollwitt says:

    @sue Great suggestion. I actually fired them an email this morning to see where/how people can drop off clothing.

  3. ann says:

    Great posting, Rebecca – you are really wonderful to alert people to the tremendous need this time of year.

  4. David says:

    Great info. Thank-you. Are you aware of any drop off locations in Surrey and or Langley areas?

  5. liz says:

    I love this!Lead the charge RB

  6. Marianne says:

    Hi Rebecca! At The Salvation Army Harbour Light, we would be thrilled to receive blankets, underwear, socks, jackets, gloves/mittens, scarves, and hats for our clients. We’re also handing out those instant-heat hand warmers when we have them. Donations accepted at our front desk at 119 East Cordova.

    Thank you for spreading the word about these needs!

  7. Sue Bigelow says:

    We are collecting warm clothing and hygiene items at the Archives (in Vanier Park), and we’ll be passing them on to The Gathering Place. More here: http://vancouver.ca/ctyclerk/archives/news.htm#gatheringplace

  8. iain says:

    Thank you Rebecca,

    Yes, all these darn coats need to go somewhere, now we know where.
    Those of us that have been blessed, or is it cursed, with so much stuff are now seeing the light. Christmas is here and it is the best time of the year to open up your heart to those who struggle to keep their heat warm everyday.

    thank you,

    iain

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  11. andre says:

    I think I heard about a donation centre that had just moved a few blocks over on East Broadway somewhere as well…I might be getting it confused with a shelter though.

  12. Crisito says:

    this is sooo great and useful!!! Exaclty what I need to organize a clothing drive with my church! Thank you so much!!!

  13. Dana says:

    Thank you for promoting the REALTORS Care Blanket Drive. A better link than the one above is: http://www.blanketdrive.ca

    This annual event operates in Greater Vancouver, Fraser Valley, and Chilliwack and District, from Whistler to Hope. A list of all drop-off locations, what donations are most needed (not just blankets but warm clothing, too), and what charities receive the donations can be found at http://www.blanketdrive.ca.

    Thanks again!

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  15. [...] Centre and there are some ongoing clothing drives happening in the city. Here’s a great list compiled by Miss 604 of locations accepting donations. Coastal Health is also running its Sox in the City campaign again [...]

  16. Thanks miss604! I do the blanket drive organized by the Realestate Board every year.I know first hand how much these organizations appreciate our help.

  17. Bryan says:

    I live in the south delta area & have some men’s coats to donate. Where might be the nearest place?

  18. Rebecca says:

    Hey, R;
    Do you know if anyone is taking kid’s jackets? I have a couple hand-me-downs and my son just needs one!
    Thx

  19. Hi Rebecca:

    Thanks so much for promoting the needs of Vancouver’s most marginalised! This winter hasn’t been as cold as last year (so far), but agencies still need warm clothing etc. We at First United appreciate the shout-out, and thanks for all the good work you do for Vancouver.

  20. Does in other city do you have more location to be drop by?Great job!

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  22. Kelly M says:

    I have my bag full of blankets, toques, gloves and some pillows to drop off at the Canada Line this weekend..
    Can’t wait to make a difference is someone’s life.. It warms my heart even more to give…

  23. CayCee says:

    Looking to donate some hoodies, jackets, toques, shoes, etc but I don’t want them to be resold! Where in Vancouver can I do this?

    Thanks

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