Where to Donate Items so They Actually Go to Those in Need


Published December 12, 2023

Last edited April 04, 2024


What better time of year to be thinking of those in need than Christmas. And with the New Year upon us, many take this opportunity to “purge” their drawers and closets of items they do not use or do not need. But have you ever wondered if all of the stuff you drop for donation actually goes to those that need it?? We certainly do! So…we came up with a list of spots where you can be confident your donations are doing the most good they can. We strongly encourage you to add to this list if we are missing any. You can do so by visiting our Contact Page and emailing us or simply by commenting below. 


Carleton Memorial United Church Clothes Cupboard

WHERE: 740 Melfa Crescent

WHAT: Accepts summer & winter clothing for men, women & children

Hope Living for Seniors

WHERE: 145 Castlefrank Road

WHAT: Accepts summer & winter clothing for men & women

Ottawa Mission

WHERE: 35 Waller Street

WHAT: Always needs socks, mitts, gloves & hats

Ottawa Dress for Success

WHERE: 200 Catherine Street

WHAT: Gently used professional job interview clothing for women

Fairy Godmother of Ottawa

WHERE: 1645 Woodroffe Avenue – also drop off at any Brown’s Cleaners locations

WHAT: New & almost new formal dresses, shoes and accessories for prom night

Snowsuit Fund

WHERE: 225 Donald Street

WHAT: Gently used winter coats and snow suits for adults & children. Also accepts hats, mitts, knitted articles and boots

Caldwell Family Centre

WHERE: 6 Epworth Avenue

WHAT: Accepts summer & winter clothing for men, women and children as well as baby supplies and household items


House to Home Ottawa

WHERE: 1309 Carling Avenue

WHAT: Furniture and household goods

Helping with Furniture

WHERE: 1455 Michael Street, Unit 3 – can also request pick up but the wait may be 2 to 3 months.

WHAT: Furniture, TVS, small appliances, window treatments, bed frames and box springs, twin mattresses less than 10 years old, queen and king mattresses less than 5 years old, tablets and laptops. See complete list.

Furniture Bank Ottawa

WHERE: 340 Leggett Drive – Door 53

WHAT: Visit their website for a list of what is accepted. Can arrange pickup from your house for a fee. 


Hope Living for Seniors

WHERE: 145 Castlefrank Road

WHAT: Always needs bedding of all sizes and all types

Ottawa Mission

WHERE: 35 Waller Street

WHAT: Accepts gently used towels and bedding

Ottawa Dog Rescue

WHERE: Set up drop off via email at ottawadogrescue@gmail.com

WHAT: Always needs towels and blankets

Rideau Valley Wildlife Sanctuary

WHERE: Box 266, North Gower – email info@rideauwildlife.org for drop off.

WHAT: Always needs receiving blankets, towels and pillow cases


Kanata United Church

WHERE: Check on website to see when they are recommencing drop off program

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