We can all make a positive impact in someones life. Usually the small gestures are the ones that really go a long way and I try to practice these small gestures as much as I can. Over the weekend, I decided to donate some of my gently worn clothes to Second Base Youth Shelter in Scarborough. I am not posting this on my blog to brag about a small donation instead I am here to ask each and every one of you to contact a local shelter, ask them if they take donations, clean out your closets or gather non-perishable food items and deliver it to the shelter of your choice. Also most importantly SPREAD the word.
The reason I ask you all to do this is because local shelters are usually underfunded and they depend on all donations possible. This was the case with the one I visited. When I brought in the donations, the kids were really excited and when I asked the coordinator what they need most, she said EVERYTHING, from clothing and shoes to food. It is clear from the empty donation space that there was a shortage of everything.
Walking out of there I was so sad and angry because I know so many people probably don’t even give a second thought to the fact that homeless shelters are in need all the donations possible. I have to admit that I was guilty of that as well. My family used to drop off the used clothes in the Goodwill bin. PLEASE don’t do this because they are making a profit out of it while so many people are in greater need of clothes, food etc. That being said, please take a minute to find a shelter nearest to you and DONATE. Finding a shelter and dropping the stuff off is effortless…so please DO IT.
These shelters are always in need of donations so please keep this in mind when cleaning out your closet. Since I live in Toronto, I compiled a list of some homeless and youth shelters as suggestions. However regardless where you are please keep in mind that homeless and youth shelters around the world are in need of DONATIONS so please spread the word and donate!!! Most shelters have a “how to give” page. if you decide to donate, please visit their website or inquire about donations via telephone to makes sure they are accepting donations.
Homeless and Youth Shelters in GTA /Durham/York Region Covenant House – Toronto Downtown (Gerrard st)
Woodlawn Shelter – Toronto Downtown (Elm street)
Youth Without Shelter – North East Toronto
Red Door Shelter – Toronto (Carlaw Ave) St. Vincent de Paul Community Store – 253 Broadview Avenue (Broadview & Dundas)
Second Base Youth Shelter– Scarborough
This is not a complete list, these are just some suggestions.