How to donate goods at First

The Community Help Desk is currently seeking the following items. Please note that advance appointments are required in order to drop-off any and all donated goods. Please review the items we are currently accepting to ensure your donation can be accepted, then call 604-681-8365 ext. 129 to make a drop-off appointment.

  • New items (unused and, if applicable, in original, sealed packaging)
    • Socks
    • Tampons
    • Men’s and women’s underwear
    • Bar soap
    • Razors
    • Denture cream
    • Deoderant
    • Combs/hairbrushes
    • Sewing kits
    • Bandaids
    • Rain ponchos
    • Polysporin
    • Toothbrushes
    • MacDonalds and Tim Horton's gift cards in small amounts (pref. $5)
  • New or gently used
    • Shampoo
    • Towels
    • Reading glasses
    • Winter gloves
    • Toques
    • Scarves
    • Blankets
    • Twin fitted sheets (no flat sheets or other bedding)
    • Winter jackets or raincoats (no blazers jean jackets, suit jackets, etc.)

Please note that thanks to the generosity of our supporters at Value Village we no longer have a need for clothing donations. If you would like to make a clothing donation, please donating to the Four Directions Trading Post (information below), or the thrift shops operated by Mt Seymour United Church, Grace United Church, or Value Village who kindly support our work.

Please note that we no longer operate a food bank, though we will occasionally accept pre-approved, high-quality, food-safe products for distribution to community or use in meal preparation. To discuss donations of this nature, please email meals@firstunited.ca with a description of your donation (expiration, amount, and source) and someone from the team will get back to you as soon as possible.

Do you have items to donate that are not on our list?

Consider donating to the Four Directions Trading Post instead! The Trading Post is a public market here on the Downtown Eastside that offers folks in the neighbourhood an opportunity to generate a bit of income. The way it works is donated items are distributed to Trading Post vendors who then sell them on market days (sometimes the vendors will keep some of the items for themselves – essentially the items are theirs to do with as they please).

If this is of interest to you, their market hours are also when the accept donations and are as follows:

Monday to Friday at 62 East Hastings: 9am-4pm
Weekends at 52 West Hastings: 9am-4pm

They also list office location/hours: 111 West Hastings: 10am-4pm

Here’s a recent article that was published about the Trading Post, if you’re curious to learn more.