Most Needed Items
Summer is well underway in Vancouver and Union Gospel Mission is asking the public to help provide extreme weather supplies both to provide protection for the current heat, and the heat-waves coming this summer.
Over-exposure to the heat and sun can be dangerous for anyone, but unlike the rest of us, those living on the streets don’t have many options for reprieve. The following items can make a big difference in the health and safety of UGM’s guests this summer:
- -Reusable water bottles
- -Hats (baseball hats, summer hats)
- -Bottled water
- -Light, long sleeve shirts
- -Men’s shorts and T-shirts
- -Underwear (new only)
*New and gently used items only please.
Most Needed: Frequently Asked Questions
Why do we specify new items?
We ask that you donate new items to ensure that all UGM guests are treated with utmost dignity and respect. As a general rule of thumb, if you would use or wear it, then our guests will probably be able to use or wear it. Well worn items requires us to dispose unsuitable items at a cost to UGM. Thank you for your thoughtfulness and generosity.
What happens to the items if there is a surplus?
In instances where emergency items are received and distributed, yet a surplus of goods remains, those items will be donated to the UGM Thrift Store, and 100% of the proceeds will be used to support UGM’s life-changing programs and services. For example, funds may be used to purchase weather appropriate clothing for our guests.
Do you need waterproof items?
Waterproof items are always in high demand. It’s no secret that Vancouver is a wet city, and no one knows this like those forced to spend most of their time outside. Waterproof jackets, gloves, shoes and more are all extremely valuable.
Why are donations dropped off at the UGM Thrift Store?
UGM’s Distribution Centre, which operates out of the UGM Thrift Store, is the central hub where all donations are sorted and allocated to best help people in need. Please be assured, UGM’s number one priority is always to get useful items in the hands of those who need it most.
What if I have a large quantity of donations that needs to be arranged?
Are there any household donations that UGM doesn’t accept?
Yes, unfortunately we can’t take everything. Here is the list of those items:
- - Large appliances (fridges, freezers, washer/dryers, large TVs)
- - Beds (mattresses, box springs)
- - Children’s clothing
- - Furniture that’s too big or heavy to easily be moved by staff and volunteers
- - Furniture that is worn, torn or stained