The holidays can be a particularly difficult time for the women and children we serve…


Perhaps the family is in a new home with new custody arrangements.  Or perhaps a woman is spending the holidays completely on her own for the first time.  Sadly, another consideration is that violence and threats often escalate over the holidays.  Even for women who have left, the violence and abuse can follow.

Every holiday season, LCIH distributes gifts for women and children who are connected to our organization all across Lanark County.  LCIH staff and volunteers do what we can to make it a little easier for women and children who spend the holidays living with us in the shelter and for women and children we support in the community.  It’s really wonderful delivering the gifts!  Although it can be a stressful time with lots of change and uncertainty, your donations offer good cheer instead.  It’s a great pick-me-up for everyone!

We appreciate any and all offerings, but if you are looking for some ideas to get you started see our Wish List below!

Monetary Donations:  Monetary donations are most ideal as they allow us to put your money towards the greatest need.  For donations of $20.00 or more, we will issue an official charitable donation tax receipt.
Gift Card Donations: Gift cards give the gift of choice!  Some convenient and popular stores we find most useful to have gift cards from include: EB Games, Subway, iTunes, McDonald’s, Tim Horton’s, Shoppers Drug Mart, Giant Tiger, Wal-Mart, and Canadian Tire.  We are also able to issue you an official charitable donation tax receipt for Gift Card donations of $20.00 or more.

Wish List

Gifts for Women: As all women are different with varied tastes, it’s hard to give suggestions for the perfect one-size-fits-all gift.  But the types of gifts we have found useful in the past include: Towel sets; mitts/gloves; socks; adult colouring books (with pencil crayons); candles; home decor; puzzles; purses; wallets; gardening items; movie passes; Gift cards like the ones listed above; picture frames; scrap booking items; puzzle books (like Sudoku/Crossword, etc.)
Gifts for Children & Youth: We give gifts to a wide range of ages – from babies, to toddlers, to preteens, to full-fledged teens!  We need gifts for all ages, and for all genders as well.  Suggestions include: Lego for all ages big and small; “Pokémon” Cards/Toys/Related Items; “Paw Patrol” toys/related items; “My Fairy Garden” toys/related items; “Hatchimals” toys/related items; “Littlest Pet Shop” toys/related items; Thomas the Train toys/related items; Trolls; art supplies for all ages (like sketch books, paints, sketch pencils, markers, etc.); Unicorn-themed items; new board games; fidget spinners; robots; craft/jewelry sets; nail polish, make up; ear phones/buds; plain hoodies all sizes all genders; teen shower gift sets; hockey sticks; basketballs; sports-related items; camo-themed items; PJ pants; funky socks; waterproof mitts/gloves; Gift cards like the ones listed above.
Sponsor a Woman or Family’s Holiday Meal: Please contact Lindsay at 613-253-3336 ext. 15 or email to learn more about sponsoring a holiday meal for an individual woman or a woman and her children.  Note: you may choose to sponsor a meal alone or if interested, you may get information on sponsoring a woman’s/family’s gifts as well.
If you are looking to donate toiletries or other needs, these are our current needs:

– Shampoo/Conditioner
– Body Wash/Soap
– Deodorant
– Face wash
(if possible, due to allergies we need the above items to be unscented. As well, full-sized and unopened bottles are most ideal so that women’s needs are met throughout the entire duration of their stay with us)
– Combs/Hair Brushes/Hair Elastics
– Moving out supplies (to set up new life once leaving shelter) such as cleaning products and related tools/items, laundry baskets, kitchen wares like cutlery, dish sets, new sheets/comforters, etc.

Drop off gifts for women and children at one of these partner businesses:

Where to drop off your donation November/December 2017:

You can call us at 613-257-3469 to make arrangements to drop off to us directly.  Or, see some more wonderful businesses below we’ve partnered with for the 2017 season:

Carleton Place:
CLICK HERE to make a monetary donation
QUESTIONS?  Call 613-257-3469 x 27