302 Columbia St. Vancouver, BC engagement@dewc.ca 604-681-8480

Holiday Wishlist

Give to the Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre this holiday season!


Your giving goes a long way:

$5 gives a woman a day’s access to a hot meal, safe space, and support services

$150 gives a woman a month’s access to a daily hot meal, safe space, and support services

$750 provides a chicken dinner or other hot meal for women accessing the drop-in centre

$1,000 provides a special feast or holiday meal for women accessing the drop-in centre


For more information on making a financial donation or sponsoring a meal, contact Celine at engagement@dewc.ca.

Give the gift of safety, sisterhood & sanctuary:

Donate in honour of a friend or family member, and give a gift that nourishes and empowers. Your contributions make for meaningful Christmas gifts and sustain our ongoing work in the Downtown Eastside.


Fill out our tribute donation form. Under tributee email, you can put the email of the gift recipient, OR, your own email if you would prefer to print or send the acknowledgement yourself. You will receive the acknowledgement within a week. If you don’t receive it by then, contact us.

You can also choose for the gift recipient to receive their acknowledgement by mail, in which case we’ll send a postcard. If you would prefer to receive the postcard acknowledgement personally so that you can wait until Christmas, input your own address into the “Tributee Mailing Address” field.


Print and fill out our donation form in full. If you would prefer to receive the acknowledgement personally so you can wait until Christmas, input your own email and/or address into the relevant fields, or write “same as donor.” Mail the form and your donation to:

The Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre
302 Columbia St
Vancouver, BC V6A 4J1

You can also give a tribute gift by phone. Call 604-681-8480 ext 250 to get in touch.

Our donation wishlist:

Please ensure all items are new and unwrapped, and labelled “Christmas gifts.” We have designated wrapping days during which volunteers will organize gift bags for all the women accessing our services.

  • Individually wrapped chocolates and treats
  • Gift certificates for teens (ex. Cineplex, iTunes, Best Buy) or sporting goods (skateboards, basketballs)
  • Children’s toys (ages 1-12)
  • Warm gloves/mitts
  • Toiletries (travel or smaller size preferred): shampoo, soap, tooth-
    paste, toothbrushes, lip balm, lotion
  • Hand-warmers
  • Make-up
  • Scarves, hats, socks
  • Gift bags (gently used but in excellent condition accepted), tissue paper (new) – please pack separately, as we will be organizing donations into gift bags and wrapping them at the Centre. Thank you!

Donation drop off hours:
Monday: 10 am–12 pm, 2–4.30 pm
Tuesday: 10 am–12 pm, 2–4.30 pm
Wednesday: 2–4.30 pm
Thursday: 10 am–12 pm, 2–4.30pm
Friday: 10 am–12 pm, 2–4.30 pm
Saturday, Sunday: 2–4.30 pm


Gift donations accepted until December 16, 2018. Please note that we are not accepting used donations until the new year. If you’re interested in running a donation drive or contributing a large donation, contact Celine at engagement@dewc.ca.

Other donation requests:

  • We’re looking for a catering company or restaurant interested in donating food for our Children’s Christmas Party on December 21. This is a chance to contribute to a special celebration honouring mothers in the Downtown Eastside and their children. If you have a lead, please get in touch.