Where to Donate Jackets in Canada

Text by: Kelsey Begg

Winter. Where to Donate Jackets in Canada

Spring cleaning is a way we welcome the end of the winter by cleaning out our storage lockers, basements, attics and even the garage in hopes to shed some belongings that are no longer needed, used or liked. Thus, we then enter the spring/summer season with less clutter and a cloud of productivity, so why not start off winter the same way? It’s easy to accumulate multiple winter jackets and sweaters year-after-year and forget about them at the back of the closet when the new and improved winter coats each year take the top spot in your closet.

Altitude-Sports’ One Jacket Two Stories Promotion

If you’ve been unknowingly contributing to a discrete winter coat collection and want to clear up some space in your cupboards and closets, we’ve got the promotion for you! It can be hard to let go of your old winter clothes and coats but if you can be rewarded with a $75 discount off that ultra-stylish winter parka you’ve been drooling over the last few weeks, why wouldn’t you donate your old winter gear?

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Here at Altitude Sports we offer our One Jacket Two Stories promotion which begins September 15 and goes until November 14th. During this promotion, you can receive a $75 discount towards the purchase of a new winter jacket with the donation of an old winter coat that is still in good condition. That old jacket that has been collecting dust-bunnies in your closet can easily be the highlight of another person’s winter season.

In five simple steps you can clean up your growing winter jacket collection, make somebody feel very grateful and even receive a discount towards a new winter jacket purchase. Donate a jacket, receive a discount; it’s that easy.

Here are the 5 simple steps:

1) Choose your new insulated jacket and add it to your shopping cart
2) Add One Jacket Two Stories to your order
3) Obtain automatically a $75 discount on your new insulated jacket
4) Print out the Canada Post pre-paid return label you will receive by email once the order is completed
5) Ship us your old jacket

 

Other Places to Donate Within Canada

Here in Canada, we are known for having some of the most harshest winter conditions where parts of the country spend a better part of the winters months in a permanent layer of snow. We have learnt from our winter experiences that adequate winter outerwear is a must for everyone and their family.

There are always circumstances where not everyone is able to purchase the latest and greatest winter gear every year. For these circumstances and our stereotypical Canadian kindness, we don’t leave anyone in the dark, we make donations. There are donation organizations located around Canada where you can donate your winter jackets and other winter gear to improve the winter living conditions for someone less fortunate. No matter where you are in Canada, there should be a donation service located near you.

 

Donation Locations Across Canada:

Vancouver, British Columbia

If you are located in or around the Vancouver area in BC, you can take your winter coat donations to the Vancouver City Hall on weekdays from 8:30 am – 5:00 pm until December 24th. Another location which is also located in Vancouver is at the Evelyn Saller Centre which is located at 320 Alexander Street. If you wish to take your winter jacket donations to the Evelyn Saller Centre, you can do so year round from 9:00 am – 11:00 pm on weekdays or between 10:00 am and 10:00 pm on Saturdays and Sundays.

 

Edmonton, Alberta

For those in Alberta located in the Edmonton area you can drop off winter jacket donations at one of three Bissell Centre locations:

  • Bissell Centre Thrift Shoppe: 8818 – 118 Avenue; donation hours are Monday to Saturday from 10:00 am to 4:30 pm
  • South Side: 5120 – 122 Street; donation hours are Monday to Saturday from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
  • Bissell Centre Downtown: 10527-96th Street; donation hours are Monday to Friday from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm

 

Winnipeg, Manitoba

For those who are looking for locations to donate winter jackets in Winnipeg, you have a few options. You can take your donations to the Siloam Clothing Program located at 300 Princess Street on weekdays from 8:00 am – 4:30 pm or you can also donate your gear to Koats for Kids. This program is organized by United Way and will be open at the start of October so you have some time left to fill your donation bags!

 

Toronto, Ontario

To the Toronto-ites who wish to donate their old winter jackets you can do so with the Canadian Diabetes Association that will actually come to your house for a pick-up if your donation is of a smaller size. If you wish for a pick-up, it can be scheduled online or by phone. If you prefer to drop off the items yourself, you can do so by locating one of their drop boxes within the city. The Canadian Diabetes Association sells the donated items to chains such as Value Village and the proceeds go towards funding diabetes research. Another option for donations for the people of Toronto, the Oasis Clothing Bank will also take your old winter jacket donations. Their donations locations can be seen around the city, they are the green boxes you see. Oasis Clothing Bank also offer pick-ups for larger donations. These donations are passed on to addiction recovery programs or they are sold to produce funds for their programming.

 

Montréal, Québec

For the east coasters located near the Montréal area, you can donate your winter jackets to the Mission Old Brewery which is where the donated jackets from our One Jacket Two Stories promotion end up. Their drop-off location can be found at 915 Clark St., corner of Saint-Antoine and donations are accepted 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Another option is to donate your old winter coats to the Winter Coat Project. This program takes place in the basement of the Presbyterian College which is located at 3495 University Street, corner of University and Milton. The program goes from October 17th until February 10th and is put on by McGill University as a service to their international students who may not be equipped for a harsh, Québec winter. Donations can be dropped off at the Newman Catholic Centre which is located at 3484 Peel Street between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm on Tuesdays,Wednesday and Thursdays.

 

Be Kind and Make a Donation Today

There you have it! There are numerous drop-off locations around Canada where you can take old winter jackets and other winter gear so every Canadian can be safe and warm out there this season. Clean away your spring and summer clutter and make a difference for someone this winter.

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