Did your company make it onto Santa’s ‘Corporate’ Nice list this year?  Another year has passed and you may be feeling as if you missed out on your giving opportunities.  No worries, your company still has some time to make up for some good.

It’s one of the busiest months for food banks and shelters.  A time where donations of non-perishables (and perishables) items and clothing are especially welcomed during the holidays. If you or your company is looking to share some holiday cheer, here is a list of non profit organizations looking for donations this cold wintry season. Perfect opportunities for your company to give this holiday season.

Organizations to Donate to this Holiday Season

Anawim House  

973 Caledonia, Victoria, B.C.

Anawim House is a day house for those that are living in poverty and are wanting to find a new way of life.  Anawim has two different programs and open 6 days a week serving breakfast and lunch and dinners twice a week. They provide a place for people to bathe and do their laundry supplying everything they need. Anawim House also offers private bedrooms for seven residents.

Food Donations: With a large walk-in-refrigerator and large freezers, they are able to accept donations of perishable and non-perishable food items. Dry food goods and maintenance supplies are also gratefully accepted.

Clothing donations along with maintenance supplies are also gratefully accepted.

Goldstream Food Bank

761 Station Ave (basement), Langford BC

Located in the basement of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch #91.  The Goldstream Food Bank serves the municipalities of View Royal, Langford, Colwood, Highlands, East Sooke and Metchosin.

Food Donations: You can bring donations for the Goldstream Food Bank directly to the Food Bank during normal operation hours 9:30 am to 2:30 pm the first three Tuesdays and Wednesdays of each month.

Mustard Seed Street Church

625 Queens Ave, Victoria, B.C.

The Mustard Seed Street Church has been fighting hunger and restoring faith to a large portion of people living in poverty, as well as the working poor, in greater Victoria since 1975.

Donations: Gently-used clothes, shoes and home appliances are needed to stock the Home Start and Clothing Bank. There is also a need for new items such as bagged and canned pet food, socks, backpacks, and personal items such as shampoo/conditioner and hair brushes. Items can be dropped off during regular operating hours, Monday to Friday from 8-4 pm.

Food Donations of non-perishable food and pet food in only accepted in their blue bins distributed within the community.

St. Vincent De Paul

Various locations in Victoria, Saanich, Esquimalt, Langford, Sidney and Sooke

St. Vincent De Paul has multiple locations across the Greater Victoria area. Each store has a unique look and feel, wonderful and committed staff, and a large and varied selection of donated goods.

Donations: Accepting donations of clothes, household items, electronics including TV’s and game consoles, to furniture, antique merchandise, and books.

Check here for exact drop off locations.

Sidney Lions Food Bank

9586 5th Street, Sidney B.C.

The Sidney Lions Food Bank has serviced the Saanich Peninsula for over 20 years. Donations can be made directly to the Sidney Lions Food Bank, located in Sidney.

Food Donations: Along with non- perishable items, the Sidney Lions Food Bank accept fresh produce, but some restrictions apply. Please call first before bringing fresh produce donations to the food bank due to limited storage.

Other donations of personal hygiene products, diapers, baby food, and cleaning products are also welcomed.

Victoria Cool Aid Society

Rock Bay Landing: 535 Ellice St, Victoria, BC

Sandy Merriman House: 809 Burdett Ave, Victoria, BC

The Victoria Cool Aid Society has over 125 residents in its three permanent shelters: Rock Bay Landing emergency shelter, Sandy Merriman House for women/women identified, and Next Steps Transitional Shelter, and many others in seasonal shelters. These shelters all provide food, beds, hygiene services and additional supports such as mental health services, help in finding housing, community liaison, and crisis and life skills counselling.

Donations: They are welcoming donations of non-perishable foods to give out to people that are low in groceries. Items such as: pasta, sauces, coffee, sugar, creamer, canned foods, cereals, crackers, etc.

 

 

Financial Donations

Just about any organization will welcome a cheque this Christmas to help support their programs.  All of the above organizations will gladly accept financial support this time of year.  If you have any questions about whether to donate as a corporation or personally, refer to our Tax Benefits of Giving Back blog post.  

 

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