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The Christmas season always comes alive very early at The Ottawa Mission. Already we are seeing generous people coming in with donations of all types – winter clothing, sandwiches and also monetary donations to keep our services running for those staying at the shelter. It never ceases to amaze us when we see the outpouring of generosity from the community. And the help doesn’t go unnoticed by the men staying here either – some of whom are facing a Christmas in a shelter for the first time.

The arrival of the winter weather makes life even more difficult for people who are homeless. Getting around to search for jobs or new housing is made that much more onerous in snow and cold temperatures.  The Mission’s clothing donation room is starting to fill up with some winter necessities but many items are going out just as fast as they are coming in. If you have any gently used mens winter coats, winter boots, gloves and hats please consider bringing them down to The Mission soon. You can always refer to our ‘most needed items’ list on the homepage of The Mission website.

Your donations help provide the day-to-day needs of people who have very little and  represents a gift of dignity and care for those who will receive them. It’s often the acts of kindness from people like you that lift their spirits and motivate them to make changes in their lives and give them hope for the future.

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