In December each year, we take the time to give back to our community and we encourage our clients, friends, families, and other organizations to join us.  


Our involvement with the Calgary Drop-In Centre (the DI) started in 2004 because we believe in the work that they do and the impact they have in the community. Since then, we've been proud to organize one large donation each year as well as campaign to raise awareness about services offered at the shelter and social issues facing our city.

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In December 2021 we donated over 1,000 warm winter items to help keep individuals warm on our chilly winter days and nights.

Donation items included:

  • Warm socks
  • Long Underwear
  • Toques
  • Ear warmers
  • Mittens and gloves
  • Scarves
  • Any other warm clothing items



Past years, SANDSTONE and our clients have helped give:

  • 700 pairs of underwear
  • 65,000 Ibuprofen tablets
  • 7,000 pairs of socks
  • 4,100 towels
  • 500 bottles of shampoo
  • 10,504 razors
  • 2,200 toothbrushes  

About the Calgary Drop-In Centre

Calgary-drop-in-centreFor more than 60 years, the DI has been delivering emergency shelter, health services, community resources, and housing supports to people in need. Whether housed or unhoused, the DI is open to care for Calgary's most vulnerable.

With more than 50 different programs and services, the DI meets people wherever they are and helps get them where they want to go. Sometimes that means providing a meal or a place to sleep at night, other times it could be helping someone access government assistance or find supportive housing.

Whatever a DI client needs, they are offered care and direction tailored to meet those needs.

Photo credit: Calgary Drop-In-Centre

In the past year with COVID-19 still prevalent the centre was open 24/7 and was able to provide:
  • 3,417 individuals access to drop-in emergency services
  • 402 individuals transitioned from shelter to permanent housing
  • 14,057 individuals were given the gift of better health through the health services clinic

Interesting facts about the Calgary Drop-In Centre:


  • 97% people seeking shelter at the DI stayed in the shelter less than 21 days

  • The DI can sleep up to 1,000 people per night in the main shelter and they have an overflow satellite shelter if more space is required

  • The DI owns 2 mixed-market buildings with a total of 162 units for low income Calgarians

  • 1.2 million meals are served at the DI in a year



This is just one of the ways SANDSTONE is an active part of our community. See other initiatives.

Christmas is most truly Christmas when we celebrate it by giving the light of love to those who need it most.

Ruth Carter Stapleton