Where to Donate in Guelph 2017

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There are many wonderful organizations in Guelph that happily accept donations of new and used clothing, toys, household items, and other goods. One of the biggest benefits to decluttering your home is knowing that those items can help someone in need. The organizations mentioned below - Chalmers Community Services Centre, The Clothing Closet, Michael House, Mission Thrift Store - appreciate your generosity.

Chalmers Community Services Centre (CCSC)

Items they accept:
CCSC accepts new and used clothes, new and used household items, and new and used books. They accept in season adult and childrens clothing, in good condition, at the West location (577 Willow Road). CCSC collects food items too.

All items are needed, always, though CCSC consistently has a shortage of mens clothes, especially mens jeans, pants and shirts.

CCSC offer tax receipts for monetary donations.

Who benefits from your donations?:
The donations go directly to those in need in the community. Everyone who walks in their door is welcome to access the services they provide. CCSC offers food, clothing, small household items, snacks, coffee, and a sense of community to those in need in the community, without prejudice.

How to donate and get in touch:
People interested in making a donation can call (519) 822-8778 and ask for Sarah or Diana to arrange a donation drop-off. They can also donate online:

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The Clothing Closet

Items they accept:
The Clothing Closet focuses primarily on new and used clothing. They also accept the following items: new and used toys; new and used stuffed animals; small, new or used household items (but nothing electrical, no electronics, no furniture); and new and used books. They appreciate clothing, shoes, winter coats, and boots of all types for all ages. Due to Health and Safety Regulations they can't accept car seats, helmets, and strollers older than 5 years old.

New Life Church offers tax receipts for monetary donations.

Who benefits from your donations?:
While they have a presence in the Brant and Waverly neighbourhoods, their customers come from all over Guelph. They are people who have a hard time making ends meet. Many suffer with health and/or social issues. All have financial struggles.

The Clothing Closet (400 Victoria Rd N) is a place for people to get good, gently-used clothing. Last year, approximately 50,000 items, mostly clothing, were given away. Items are offered for free, with a request for a donation if able. Open every Thursday and Saturday from 9:30 am. to 12:30 pm., the Clothing Closet uses generous donations to serve approximately 250 people a month.

How to donate and get in touch:
Donations are gratefully accepted during Closet hours on Thursdays and Saturdays from 9:30-12:30 and during office hours:  Monday/Wednesday/Friday 10:00-2:00. Please do not leave donations outside.
Email:; call (519) 823-5851 during their office hours M/W/F 9:00-3:00.

The New Life Christian Reform Church website:

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Michael House

Items they accept:
New or gently used clothes, boys and girls, from newborn to 10 years; household items (pots and pans) and furniture as space allows or as needed (for Aftercare clients); new toys; and books. Michael House also accepts: toiletries for the moms (shampoo and conditioner, body wash and lotions, razors, feminine hygiene products, toothpaste, deodorant); diapers, especially larger sizes (3, 4 and 5); formula – Similac and Good Start; craft and scrapbooking supplies; and cold, fever and pain medications for moms and babies. Large size diapers and new clothing are the most needed items.

They cannot accept: used car seats; cribs older than 5 years; used stuffed animals or soft toys that cannot be washed; talcum baby powder; or crib bumper pads.

They offer tax receipts for monetary donations and new gifts in kind with purchase receipt.

Who benefits from your donations?:
The clients in Michael House's Residential, Supportive Housing, Aftercare and Drop-in Programs benefit from the donations.

How to donate and get in touch:
Individuals and businesses can contact Michael House by email at or by phoning (519) 766-7675.

They request that people call ahead to arrange a donation drop-off or check in with them about their current needs.

Mission Thrift Store

Items they accept:
The Mission Thrift Store accepts all household items new and used. These items include clothing, linens, small appliances, books, hardware, fabric, dishes, furniture, pictures, jewelry, toys, electronics and sporting goods. The only things they don't accept are beds and large appliances (washers, dryers, etc.). Due to Health and Safety Regulations they can't sell some childrens items, such as cribs, car seats, helmets, and strollers older than 5 years old. They are always in need of furniture.

Who benefits from your donations?:
The money generated from the donated items goes to Bible League Canada. They distribute the money throughout 43 countries worldwide. Different countries have different needs, but a big focus is on literacy training. In many countries woman and children do not have the opportunity to learn to read and write. The programs that Bibles League provides gives them the opportunity to learn by learning to read the Bible.

Not only do other countries benefit from the money generated, but the Mission Thrift Store also helps many people in need in our community. The people who shop in their store also benefit from buying good quality used items at very affordable prices.

How to donate and get in touch:
They accept donations Monday to Saturday from 9:30-4:30 in their donation centre. They also do free pick ups of large furniture in Guelph. For more information call at 519-821-2498, or by email at

We hope that one of the above non-profits resonates with you and that you consider donating to them and helping out others in our community.

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