If you choose to retain Simply SOS services, we will gladly accept donations of gently used clothing, housewares, furniture, sporting goods and toys and deliver to Goodwill Industries of Alberta on your behalf.
Goodwill is a local non-profit and social enterprise; revenue from sales in their stores goes to providing career training and job opportunities for Albertans’ with disabilities.
In addition, Goodwill recycles unpurchased donated goods into cleaning cloths and other reusable materials through post-retail operations. In 2017, Goodwill Industries of Alberta achieved a diversion rate of 78.4%. Their goal is to divert 90% from the landfill by 2021.
As an official Lions Clubs International Eyeglass Recycling Centre the Canadian Lions Eyeglass Recycling Centre (CLERC.ca) in Calgary, AB provides recycled eyewear free of charge to people in developing countries and provides offenders at the Calgary Correctional Centre (CCC) with an opportunity to contribute in a meaningful way to the global community through active participation the “Lions Eyeglass Recycling Program”.
Once donated, glasses are cleaned, classified by prescription and prepared for distribution. Optical missions sponsored by Lions clubs and other groups distribute the donated eyeglasses to needy people throughout the world, in accordance with local laws.
To find a local donation centre, click here.
There are many other worthy non-profits within Edmonton and the surrounding area that would welcome the donation of your gently used clothing, housewares, furniture, sporting goods and toys. We have listed just a few of them below.
Bissell Centre is committed to end poverty by working with communities to empower people to move from poverty to cultural, social and economic prosperity.
They accept donations of clothing, accessories, art, furniture, housewares and personal care items. To confirm their current needs, click here.
Find is a social enterprise with two goals: providing essential furnishings free of charge to individuals and families who are moving out of homelessness, and supplying low-cost, quality furniture and housewares for sale to the public.
Find does accept clothing donations on behalf of the Bissell Centre.
Hope Mission's Bargain Shoppe serves as Hope Mission’s thrift store/donations center and features new inventory daily with all proceeds going directly to the work of Hope Mission.
They accept donations clothing & and footwear for men, women and children, along with books, games, music, housewares, jewelry and vintage collectibles.
Salvage Reclaimed Furniture is a not-for-profit social enterprise developed to alleviate poverty, generate employment & reinvest in the community. They are dedicated to providing high quality, gently used furniture and household items to greater Edmonton area. 100% of proceeds support programs & services offered through Redemptive Developments and the Jasper Place Wellness Centre.
Salvage offers free donation pick-ups and accepts:
Youth Empowerment & Support Services (YESS) provides immediate and low-barrier shelter, temporary housing, and individualized wraparound support for youth ages 15-24.
Donations of clothing, food and other items are often welcome. To confirm their current needs, click here.