We greatly appreciate donations of up-to-date, gently used clothing, shoes, handbags and jewelry. During the month of April, we’re also asking for contributions of new personal-care items for our clients.

Supporters know that Wear2Start provides a work wardrobe to women in need who are going to a job interview or starting a job. Our clients come to us from referral agencies that have provided training, retraining or other employment-focused support. What you might not know is that each client also receives a gift bag we call “Beyond the Start,” which contains personal-care items to help her prepare for her work day.

During April, we’re asking supporters to help build more Beyond the Start gift bags by donating new, regular- or travel-size items. We are gratefully accepting donations of shampoo, conditioner, facecloths, soaps, toiletries/makeup bags, deodorant, Q-tips, shower gels, brushes/combs, lotion, shower caps, sanitary napkins/tampons, toothbrushes, toothpaste, floss, makeup remover/cloths and disposable razors. Sorry, but we cannot accept items that have been opened or used in any way.

You can drop off donations at Hillside Centre during the last weekend in April – Saturday, April 29, from 9:30 am to 5:30 pm and Sunday, April 30, from 11 am to 5:30 pm. We greatly appreciate Hillside Centre’s support for this campaign and thank you in advance for your donations.