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Wish List

YWCA Kitchener-Waterloo accepts donations of new, non-monetary items throughout the year from individuals and community groups to support all of our programs across the organization, including childcare centres, before- and after-school care, youth programming, and the emergency shelter.

This Wish List is updated regularly by our program staff. Items may be dropped off at the YWCA Administration offices, 153 Frederick Street, downtown Kitchener, between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday to Friday.

If you require assistance bringing in donations, please call us at 519-576-8856 prior to your visit to ensure we have staff or volunteers available to help you. Short-term parking is available on Irvin Street. Please do not use Three Kretans parking to drop off your donation. We are not able to pick up your donations. 

All items that are not used immediately will be used in support of our programs and services during the year.

We greatly appreciate receiving the following items:

New, clean and gently used

  • Mugs, bowls, cutlery, and children’s drinking glasses
  • Pillows, towels, and facecloths
  • Brooms, mops, and pails
  • Single bed sheets and blankets


  • Bus tickets and gift cards from Tim Hortons, McDonald's, and Zehrs
  • Gift items for women, transgendered persons, adolescent children, and adult men
  • PJs, underwear, slippers, and socks for females and males of all ages and sizes
  • Toiletries, brushes, and combs for females and males
  • Razors and shaving cream
  • Colouring books, crayons, markers, and craft items for children of all ages
  • Small stuffed animals to give to children coming into the shelter 

Due to storage limitations, we cannot accept used clothing donations or large items that will not be used immediately. Used clothing or other items not on our Wish List may be brought to Thrift on Kent, 50 Kent Avenue, Kitchener, N2G 3R1, 519-886-6226. http://thriftonkent.com/donate

Wish List for the Hockey Helps the Homeless Silent Auction

For the past two years, Hockey Helps the Homeless, a registered charity whose mission is to “leverage Canada’s affinity for hockey to raise awareness and financial support for the homeless through education, fundraising, and partnering with solutions-based local homeless support agencies,” has raised more than $37,000 for YWCA Kitchener-Waterloo. 

Please contact us at 519-576-8856 if you are able to donate any of the following sports-themed items for HHTH’s Silent Auction in October 2016: 

  •         Equipment.
  •         Clothing.
  •         Memorabilia
  •         Gift Certificates.