** Due to the limited to non existent storage for Keep Hamilton Warm, as well as the limited drop off locations available right now, we may not be able to accept many more donations at this time. We have been made aware of four clothing drives all ending at the end of November, early December. As things are changing constantly, Please email us to inquire if we can accept your donations.
** We are currently in talks with another Hamilton church that has a great group of people that go out to the streets to hand out clothing and essential items to the homeless. We are looking to help them with their mission in the community. Watch for updates
** Dalewood Rec Centre is closed and could be for some time - no drop offs here at this time.
** Bennetto Rec Centre is open but is not accepting donations at this time.
** Good Shepherd Venture Centre is currently accepting one bag or box per donor. This could change at the end of November 2020 in some way so watch their website for updates. Watch for updates
About Keep Hamilton Warm
In Hamilton, there are a number of people out on the streets with no place to go, people that have to choose between paying their rent or paying for food and clothing. Families often don’t have money to purchase warm winter clothing for their children or themselves.
At Keep Hamilton Warm, we collect warm winter clothing so those on the streets can stay a little warmer in the cold weather, for those in shelters with very little clothing and for the kids that go to school in hoodies and runners because their parents can’t afford to buy warmer clothing.
Keep Hamilton Warm is not a registered charity or a registered business. Therefore, unfortunately, we cannot accept cash donations. We collect clothing donations that are new, made or gently used but clean with no tears or stains. The donations do not go to a thrift store. We make sure they go to the end user through various organizations.
A small act of kindness creates an endless ripple. Will you create a ripple today ?
Distributions To Date
Keep Hamilton Warm collects men’s clothing, footwear, hats, mitts, scarves, blankets and sleeping bags for those on the streets. These clothes and accessories are distributed through the Salvation Army Soup Truck, Parkview Church - Compassion Ministries, the Good Shepherd Venture Centre and the Good Shepherd Family Shelters.
Women’s clothing, footwear, hats, mitts and scarves are distributed through Parkview Church - Compassion Ministries, the Good Shepherd Venture Centre and the Good Shepherd Women’s and Family Shelters.
Kids winter coats, snow pants, sweaters, sweat shirts, sweat pants, footwear, mitts and scarves are distributed through the Good Shepherd Venture Centre as well as Parkview Church - Compassion Ministries. The schools we previously were able to assist with had enough donations to work off of from other sources and so Keep Hamilton Warm is not needed to fill that gap. This may change in the future.
Between September 2013 and August 2014 the Salvation Army fed 75,810 people. That’s an average of 208 people a day, seven days a week. To accomplish this, volunteers made over 160 thousand sandwiches and distributed over 2 thousand gallons of soup.
As of October 1, 2014 they have given out 51 sleeping bags, 26 blankets, over 100 pairs of gloves, hats and socks plus scarves, pants, shirts and shoes.
I hope these few examples (2014) help you appreciate the positive results that are happening because of your generous initiative.
1) CHCH recently did a newscast on "Cold Alerts" which featured amongst other things some shots and narrative about the Soup Van. They commented positively on the distribution of hats, gloves and scarves to people on the street from our blue bin. All of the items in that bin that were being distributed came from your initiative.
2) In the past week our drivers have given away to people in need on the street 13 sweaters/warm shirts, 15 coats 13 pairs of socks, 19 pairs of gloves, 10 hats, 8 scarves, 11 blankets and 2 sleeping bags. All of this except for the sleeping bags came from your initiative.
3) On January 6th we gave women in need from our Food Bank and the Soup Van the opportunity to come and pick a coat and a pair of boots from the donations we received through your initiative and we gave away 28 coats and 20 pairs of boots.
4) During the recent cold alert we gave 8 coats to men who arrived at the Booth Centre who did not have a coat. We also gave out 17 pairs of gloves and 16 hats. All of these donations came through your initiative.
Lake Avenue School
Keep Hamilton Warm has been a continuous support throughout the school year to Lake Avenue students. Due to our high immigrant catchment area, we have many families and students who are ill equipped for extreme Canadian winters. Many of our families cannot afford to purchase all the necessary items to deal with the cold. Also as the school territory is quite transient, this need is ongoing.
Without community partners such as Keep Hamilton Warm we would struggle to meet the needs of our families. Jennifer has been constant, supportive and caring in keeping up with our needs. Many students have been kept cozy and warm with their donations of jackets, hats and mittens.
Jennifer and Keep Hamilton Warm for all of their kind and generous donations to our school!
Bennetto Community Centre, Dalewood Recreation Centre and Parkview Church are drop off centres.
Bennetto operating hours: Monday and Wednesday 9:45am- 8:45pm Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 9:45am-8:00pm Saturday 9:15am-4pm Sunday Closed.
Dalewood operating hours: Monday to Thursday 11:45am-9:30pm Friday 11:45am-8:00pm Saturday 9:00am-7:00pm Sunday closed.
I have had the privilege of being able to work with Keep Hamilton Warm for a couple of years now and the extraordinary work they do to keep our communities safe and warm during the season is inspiring.
I’ve been donating my gently used or new clothing and footwear to Keep Hamilton Warm for years. It’s made so easy to drop bags off and know that not only have I cleared out what is no longer used and taking up space, but knowing firsthand that it goes to those in need right here within our local community-that’s so amazing.
This is an amazing community group! They've been collecting donations of warm winter gear to donate to our City's most in need, for several years now. They accept drop offs but they also do pickups! They are extremely flexible when it comes to pick ups and they always show up on time.
Its so good to know that people like this still exist. That even though this has been an extremely difficult year for so many, they're still out there trying to help. If anyone has something they want to contribute, this is certainly the place for you! Its people helping people, and its so necessary. Thanks for all your fantastic work !!
I am very happy to be able to donate my used but still warm and useful clothing to an organization that will see it placed directly in the hands of those who need them. I worry that by giving to store type donation centres a small cross section of our community will not get the clothing they need to stay warm over the winter months. Keep up the good work!
I had an extra winter coat that I wanted to donate, but I wanted it to go straight to someone in need. I searched for organizations in Hamilton and found "Keep Hamilton Warm". I messaged the group on Facebook and someone got back to me immediately. The next day, someone came straight to my door for pickup at a time that worked for me! It was so easy and I am grateful for the people who are working with this group.
Keep Hamilton Warm – League Of Charitable Knitters
The League of Charitable Knitters is a dedicated group of knitters whose collective goal is to teach the art of knitting and crochet free of charge; for her students to become teachers of the craft and disseminate the completed works to those in need in the City of Hamilton and surrounding areas. We donate our completed works to: Schools, Shelters, Hospices and Non Profit Daycares to ensure that all our citizens are kept warm.
The League Welcomes
New knitters as well as donations of wool and knitting accessories.
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