Where to Donate Clothing and Household Items in Ottawa


If you’re preparing to move, or if your kids have outgrown their clothes and toys, or if you’re just thinking of decluttering, it’s a good idea to go through  your home room by room and identify items you’d like to keep, and items that you’re ready to say goodbye to. There are lots of worthwhile charities in Ottawa that are in need of your donations!

  1. The Ottawa Mission: The Ottawa Mission serves hundreds of men every day by providing nutritious meals, a place to sleep, and a change of clothing. They take donations of bath towels, men’s clothing and shoes, men’s coats, and men’s toiletries. They do not accept donations of household items such as appliances or furniture.

  2. Harmony House: Harmony House provides support for women leaving violent or abusive relationships to find the resources they need to ensure financial, legal and emotional security. Because many clients come to Harmony House with few, if any, possessions, Harmony House accepts household items such as baking tins, pots and pans, cutlery, dishes, clothes hangers, and cleaning products.

  3. Clothesline Drop Boxes: Benefiting the Canadian Diabetes Association, Clothesline drop boxes are located all around the city. They accept gently used clothing, bedding, yarn, pillows, footwear, and small household items and electronics. Home pick-ups of donations can also be scheduled.

  4. Ontario Federation for Cerebral Palsy: The OFCP collects clothes, shoes, coats, bedding, and linens, as well as some toys, games, small appliances, books, electronics, and housewares.

  5. Dress For Success Ottawa: PREMIER is a proud sponsor of Dress For Success Ottawa. Dress For Success provides economically disadvantaged but employment-ready women with interview-appropriate suits and accessories. Modern, up-to-date women’s suitwear and professional accessories are accepted.

  6. Animal Shelters: Animal shelters frequently take donations of old towels and unopened or disinfectable pet supplies. Check the Ottawa Humane Society’s site to see what they currently need.

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