Many youth who come to RaY rely on us to ensure their most basic needs are met, and the department itself relies on the generous support of the community to remain stocked in essential goods. Our Basic Needs program relies on in-kind donations of items to help youth get the necessities they need.
Clothing and toiletry items distributed in 2021
The following list contains (but is not limited to) some donations that are highly valued, and address highly needed items among the youth we serve:
- New and gently used clothing items
- New socks and undergarments
- New and gently used shoes and boots
- New and gently used backpacks and duffle bags
- Winter gear (jackets, mitts, scarves, hats)
- Rain gear (waterproof jackets, tarps)
- Outreach gear (tents, sleeping bags, blankets, sunscreen)
- Hygiene items (shampoo, conditioner, body wash, soap, razors, toothbrushes, toothpaste)
- Menstrual products (pads, tampons)
Donations can be dropped off at 125 Sherbrook Street Monday – Friday, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm. Feel free to park in our parking lot during your drop off! Ring the doorbell and a member of staff will answer the door to accept the donation.
One youth came to the Basic Needs Department looking for a suit. He had an interview scheduled for a construction job and wanted to look his best. We helped him “suit up.” He got the job!
Other ways to donate
Donate A Car
Donate a Car Canada accepts Vehicle Donations for RaY. Free towing is provided in most areas across Canada, or you can drop off your vehicle to maximize your donation. When you donate your car, truck, RV, boat, or motorcycle to RaY through Donate A Car Canada, it will either be recycled or sold at auction (depending on its condition, age and location). Donate a Car Canada will look after all the details to make it easy for RaY to benefit. After your vehicle donation is complete, our charity will send you a tax receipt and will put your gift to good use. Please click here to donate a vehicle.
Thank you for helping us foster connection for youth who need it most. You make all of this possible!