Donate Goods

Fall is arriving fast! And as the leaves change colour and the temperature cools, festive holidays are just around the corner. 

To donate, please view the list of greatest Fall needs below, and contact Anastasia, Volunteer & Engagement Specialist to schedule a day and time to donate via email at or by phone (416)-748-0110 ext. 39

PLEASE NOTE: all donations MUST be scheduled ahead of time to coordinate a safe drop off at the shelter to align with our COVID-19 protocols. Thank you for understanding. 



Thanksgiving for most is time to come together with the people we care about, give thanks, and enjoy a delicious meal. Unfortunately for those without a family, without a steady income, or without a safe shelter, holidays aren’t quite the same.
To help make this Thanksgiving special for former Youth Without Shelter residents you can create a YWS Thanksgiving Care Package Kit equipped with festive non-perishable food items. Each kit will allow a past resident the opportunity to enjoy delicious meals on Thanksgiving day- breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
To donate a Thanksgiving Care Package contact Anastasia, Volunteer & Engagement Specialist to schedule a day and time to donate via email at akemp@yws.on.caor by phone (416)-748-0110 ext. 39

Greatest Needs:

  • Suitcases
  • Duffel bags
  • Travel soap dishes
  • Travel toothbrush cases
  • Black Hair care products (Shampoo, Conditioner, Leave in Conditioner, Gel, etc.)
  • Conditioner
  • Shampoo
  • Body lotion

Food Bank:

  • Canned meat
  • Canned Fish
  • Canned Milk
  • Pasta
  • Pasta sauce
  • Instant noodles (Ex. Mr. Noodle)
  • Canned vegetables
  • Gluten free non-perishable goods
  • Canned beans
  • Vegan non-perishable goods
  • Rice
  • Instant Coffee
  • Tea
  • Hot chocolate mix
  • Pancake mix
  • Syrup
  • Cereal

New Clothing:

  • Light coats (All sizes)
  • T-shirts (All sizes)
  • Jeans/Trouser pants/Dress pants (All sizes, preference for skinny and straight style)
  • Sweatpants (All sizes)
  • Pajamas (All sizes)
  • Women’s Leggings (All sizes)
  • Belts (All sizes)

Holiday Food Items:

  • Canned or powdered gravy
  • Stuffing mixes
  • Cranberry sauce
  • Canned veggies (green beans, corn, carrots, potatoes, peas, etc.)
  • Baking mixes (cakes, cookies, etc.)
  • Powdered mashed potatoes
  • Canned dessert items (e.g. pumpkin pie filling)
  • Instant Coffee
  • Tea
  • Hot chocolate mix


Download a copy of our greatest needs to share with family and friends: Fall Greatest Needs List

For all donation inquiries and donation drop of scheduling, please contact Anastasia at  or 416.748.0110 x 39.


PLEASE NOTE: Due to limited storage space and cleaning facilities, we are not able to accept used or gently used clothing

Thank you for thinking of Youth Without Shelter for your donation. Due to limited storage space, we are not currently accepting gently used clothing, furniture, computer or television donations. (For gifts of gently used furniture we suggest you connect with our partner agency The Furniture Bank).

Thank you so much for your continued support!