How to Help

Donate Goods

Thank you for supporting our youth here at Youth Without Shelter!

If you are looking to make a donation of goods, we ask that you DO NOT pre-package individual gift bags, loot bags, or kits for our resident youth. For safety reasons, YWS must be able to clearly inspect all items donated, then sort, and distribute appropriately for each individual youth. We ask that you kindly provide your donations in large, clearly marked boxes or bags to allow our team of staff to safely inspect and sort.

Thank you for understanding!

If you are looking to support our youth this season, here is a list of our greatest needs for the summer months:


  • athletic wear
  • shorts
  • t-shirts
  • underwear
  • bras
  • sports bras
  • sweat shirts and pants 
  • hats (ball caps and bucket hats)


  • sunscreen
  • toilet paper
  • paper towel
  • body lotion
  • men’s deodorant

Food Bank:

  • water bottles
  • cooking oil
  • condensed milk
  • juice boxes
  • canned fruit
  • canned lentils
  • canned meat and fish
  • tomato paste
  • ketchup
  • mayo
  • jam
  • pickles
  • mustard
  • salad dressing
  • honey
  • instant coffee
  • crackers
  • tomato paste
  • juice boxes
  • instant noodles
  • Kraft dinner
  • granola bars
  • nutella
  • chips
  • tea
  • maple syrup
  • vegetarian/vegan non-perishable foods
  • gluten-free non-perishable foods

Other items of greatest needs:

  • reusable water bottles
  • blow up mattresses (with air pump) SIZE: Double
  • suitcases
  • duffle bags 
  • plastic storage bins with lids
  • sustainable and eco-friendly items (such as beeswax food wraps, silicone container lids, reusable food bags, etc.)


Items YWS cannot accept:

  1. Mouth wash
  2. Chewing gum
  3. Nail clippers
  4. Metal nail files
  5. Nail scissors
  6. Travel sized bottles of hygiene products

Items we cannot accept until further notice:

  1. Sanitary napkins and tampons
  2. Q-Tips
  3. Shampoo and Conditioner
  4. Razors
  5. Shaving cream
  6. Toothbrushes
  7. Toothpaste
  8. Flip Flops

Meal Drop Off’s

If you are looking schedule a meal drop off, please contact Anastasia to schedule a drop off day and time at: or 416-748-0110 ext. 39

Summer 2021 greatest needs: Reusable water bottles, T-shirts, Shorts, Underwear , Athletic wear, Cloth grocery bags


All donations MUST be scheduled ahead of time to coordinate a safe drop off at the shelter to align with our COVID-19 protocols. Thank you for understanding. 

For all donation inquiries and donation drop off scheduling, please contact Anastasia at  or 416.748.0110 x 39.

Due to limited storage space and cleaning facilities, we are not able to accept used or gently used clothing

Thank you for thinking of Youth Without Shelter for your donation. Due to limited storage space, we are not currently accepting gently used clothing, furniture, computer or television donations. (For gifts of gently used furniture we suggest you connect with our partner agency The Furniture Bank).

Thank you so much for your continued support!

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