The Holiday Season is upon us and that means that we need to make room for Santa’s Workshop and our Hope for the Holiday donations campaign. We will be pushing “pause” on all donations of second hand clothing for women and children from November 1 to January 9.
We are grateful for all of the donations we have received to date and invite you to learn more about our Hope for the Holidays campaign, to support the holiday needs of our shelter residents and clients.
For those experiencing domestic violence and homelessness, the holiday season can be an overwhelming and stressful time. This year the demands for basic wish list items are greater than ever, as are the requests for holiday help for families currently receiving safe shelter and support from Nova Vita. You can make a difference for women and their families by helping them to bring the spirit of the holidays home. Download our Community Support Opportunities package, or choose an option that works best for you:
  • Donate
    Making a financial donation has the greatest impact for Nova Vita. It allows us to fill budgetary gaps and special requests to ensure that all meal and holiday needs are met, not just over the holiday season, but in the year ahead. To get started click here.
  • Host
    Hosting a donation drive for new toys, gift cards, and urgently needed items in the shelter helps to fill our Holiday Workshop, as well as our shelves. It’s an incredible way to come together and connect our community’s kindness with the needs of our families at Nova Vita. Please contact us to receive a custom curated wish list or donation drive theme to ensure that all shelter needs are met. We can offer helpful tips, customized wish lists, and event promotion! Contact Melanie Gigliotti at to get started.
  • Sponsor
    Limited opportunities available! We match your budget and pair you with a family in need, so that you can shop for items from their holiday wish list. Contact Melanie Gigliotti at to get started.

Please note: Due to limited capacity we cannot accept unscheduled physical donations during our Hope For The Holidays campaign. For health and safety, we can only accept items that are new, unopened, unexpired, and unwrapped.

Learn more about our Hope For The Holidays campaign here:

For more information about this program, or how you can make best support Nova Vita this holiday season, please contact:

Anne Ruddell
Community Development Manager
E: | P: 519-752-1005 ext 228

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