The donation of gift certificates allows a mother the flexibility to make needed purchases for herself and her children. Clothing for school and work, school supplies, books and educational courses, fresh food, tableware or small appliances when moving into their new home.
The following are examples of gift certificates that are most useful: Grocery, gas cards, bus tickets, Wal-Mart, Shoppers Drug Mart, Lynden Park Mall, Restaurant, Entertainment, Giant Tiger, Canadian Tire, Tim Hortons and Dollarama.
New and Unwrapped Items
Small kitchen and household items such as dishes, pots and pans, toasters, coffee makers and cutlery.
Items needed on a regular basis at the shelter:
We are always in need of toiletries such as shampoo, hair conditioner deodorant, body wash, tooth paste, tooth brushes, feminine hygiene products, and diapers of all sizes. Non-perishable food items such as school snacks, canned vegetables, canned tuna, spaghetti sauce, soup, granola bars and drink boxes.
Twin size bed linens (especially fitted sheets), wash cloths, towels, radio alarm clocks, seasonally appropriate outerwear and shoes/boots, pajamas, slippers, and new pillows.
Nova Vita is extremely appreciative of all the donations we receive. If you require any other information, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We would ask you to deliver your donations Monday to Friday between 9 am and 4:30 pm. If you are dropping off donations after hours or on the weekends please place donations in our donation bin. Shelter staff are unable to answer the door after hours as the main floor is armed for security measures.
We accept gently used clothing for women and children, gently used linens (towels, sheets, wash cloths etc.) and used household items such as dishes, pots and pans. Unfortunately, we are unable to accept used electrical appliances or used toys due to health and safety regulations.
All donations are sorted at the shelter by an amazing group of volunteers. We have a donation clothing room designated for all the women and children living at the shelter. Our clients have access to as much clothing as they need.
Donations are also sorted to support Nova Vita’s social enterprise Closet Couture. The boutique sells previously loved clothing with all the proceeds going back to support the shelter. Please visit the website at www.closet-couture.ca
If you have gently used baby equipment such as strollers, high chairs, toys and exersaucers we have a partnership with Peek a Boo it’s almost new who will accept donations on behalf of Nova Vita and credit the Nova Vita account when the item sells. This partnership helps the moms living at the shelter -who may not be able to afford such items- to shop for the things they need for their children.
Due to storage restrictions we are unable to accept donations of used furniture, we can however post the items you wish to donate in the shelter for clients to call if they are in need. For more information please call 519-752-1005 ext. 232
Because we have such generous donors, at times we receive more donations than we can use therefore, we pay it forward by giving the items to other local charities in need like the Wish Closet and Friendship House.