Tis the Season for Giving

Over the past two decades, SANDSTONE

and our clients have helped give:


  500 bottles of shampoo
  65,000 ibuprofen tablets
   7,000 pairs of socks
  4,100 towels
   1,000 warm winter items
   10,500 razors
   2,200 toothbrushes
   700 pairs of underwear 
    . . . and a partridge in a pear tree!

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This year, we're giving the gift of self-care


The Drop-In Centre warmly welcomes toiletry donations, recognizing their significant impact on the well-being of those we serve. Consider contributing essential items such as:


Shampoo & conditioner
Body wash
Face wash
Feminine hygiene products
Hand sanitizer
Lip balm 
Hand and body lotion

With your generous support, we aim to surpass our goal of donating 500 personal hygiene products, extending a touch of dignity and comfort to those who are most vulnerable in our community.


Three easy ways to donate:



Bring your donations to SANDSTONE (115, 101 - 6th Street SW).



Arrange a pick-up for large donations.



Make a donation and we’ll do the shopping for you.


For options 2 & 3 above, please contact Joanne at 403-218-6125 to make arrangements to handle your donation. 


About the Calgary Drop-In Centre



For 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.

In the past three years, the DI have transformed all their programs and services to become more housing focused. In everything they do, they envision a community where everyone can find their home.


In the 2022-23 DI fiscal year, the Centre


  • provided shelter to 6,839 unique individuals,
  • served 552,600 meals,
  • handed out 275,069 donation items to those in need,
  • and helped 553 individuals find a home.

Interesting facts about the Calgary Drop-In Centre:


  • Working with 120 agencies throughout the city, the Drop-In Centre’s Free Goods Program collects new and used donations of furniture, appliances, other household items, clothing, technology, personal hygiene products, and non-perishable food, and distributes them to low- and no-income Calgarians who need them most — at no cost. 

  • Their Move Out Program assists Calgarians transitioning into long-term housing – sometimes for the first time in a very long time – to not only equip them with essentials but provide that little extra that helps make a house a home.

  • What’s more, with all the new Canadians settling into Calgary – especially in light of international conflicts – the Free Goods Program helped 311 new Canadians start off on the right foot.

  • The DI began its housing-focused transformation back in 2017 and is closing in on helping nearly 2,000 individuals find secure housing since then. In the 2023-23 fiscal year, the DI has helped 232 people avoid homelessness by early intervention. 

  • It’s important to know that when you donate, it’s going directly to the cause. You can feel peace of mind about your donation to the DI — Charity Intelligence Canada confirms that 90 cents from every dollar donated goes directly to supporting those in need. Now that’s an impact!


Merry Christmas!


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