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Choose to Donate an In-Kind Gift to Ernestine's

Every year at Ernestine’s there are more than 1,000 visits to the shelter’s food and clothing bank from families that have moved out of the shelter and are still in need of essential services from Ernestine’s. We are always in need as food and clothing items are accessed daily, as families sadly often sacrifice by skipping out on groceries because they need to pay for housing.

Please contact us if you are able and willing to donate much-needed food or toiletry items to Ernestine’s Women’s Shelter. To make an item donation to Ernestine’s, please email the full details of your donation to Khadija Kathy Ali at, to arrange a drop-off. Thank you!

Donation drop-off days: Tuesday or Thursday Only. We do not have the ability to pick-up items.

Please visit this page to view our detailed item needs list.

Important Notes about In-Kind Gifts

Please note that Ernestine’s only accepts donations of new/unused clothing and undergarments, boots, shoes and toys. We accept gently-used kitchen products and appliances, such as dishes, glasses, cutlery, pots and pans, kettles, toasters, and microwaves.We do not accept donations of used clothing, shoes, or stuffed toys.

Unfortunately, due to a limited amount of storage available at the shelter, we are unable to accept donations of furniture. If you would like to donate furniture please feel free to contact the Furniture Bank

We will provide an in-kind tax receipt for donations where the fair market value can be clearly demonstrated in accordance with CRA policies and guidelines. If you wish to receive a tax receipt for your donation, please ask for one in your email and provide supporting documentation when the items are dropped-off.

If you would like a tax-receipt for an item that costs less than $1000, you will need to provide purchase receipts or zero balance invoices. If you would like a tax-receipt for an item that costs more than $1000, you will require an independent appraisal.

For more information about tax receipting, visit the Canadian Revenue Agency

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