Personal Items


Dear loyal donors to First United,

The Community Help Desk is currently seeking the following items:

  • Socks
  • Tampons
  • Men’s and women’s underwear
  • Shampoo
  • Bar soap
  • Razors
  • Towels
  • Denture cream
  • Deodorant
  • Sunscreen
  • Combs
  • Reading glasses
  • Sewing kits
  • Bandaids
  • Rain ponchos
  • Polysporin

These donations can be delivered to the Community Help Desk 320 East Hastings between 9:00 and 3:30 Monday - Friday. The parkade will not be available for donation drop off unless by appointment. For more info, please contact 604-681-8365 ext. 129.

Looking to sponsor a meal? Visit our meal sponsorship page to learn more!

*Due to the unique needs of the community we serve, as well as storage limitations, we can only accept items listed on this page. 

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.