CWI Item Drive

AUGUST 29, 2021 | 11AM - 3 PM

Shelters in BC providing essential services to some of the community's most vulnerable populations are often overwhelmed and underfunded. 

This reality has been magnified by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

In order to support the women's shelters throughout our province, CWI is hosting an item drive on Sunday, August 29, 2021. In addition to the item drive, we will be fundraising throughout the summer to provide monetary support to the shelters as well.  



Vancouver - 505 Burrard Street

Surrey - #102 - 18651 52nd Avenue

Coquitlam - 1299 Pinetree Way

TIME: 11 AM - 3 PM


The Coquitlam Town Centre West Lake location can be found on the West Side of Lafarge Lake. Donors can turn into the parking lot adjacent to the Lafarge Lake-Douglas SkyTrain station to drop off items where volunteers will be located.


In order to ensure the success of our item drive, we have conducted needs assessments with women’s shelters and transition homes in the Vancouver area.



The following items were ranked as most needed by at least one shelter:

  • Feminine hygiene products*

  • Toiletries

  • Housing supplies

  • Clothing*

  • Gift cards and monetary donations

  • Phone supplies 

The following items were ranked as needed by at least one shelter:

  • Sanitation supplies 

  • Baby supplies 

  • Non-perishable food 

  • Activity supplies

  • Personal protective equipment 

Additional items requested:

  • Office supplies

    • Ink for printers 

    • Notebooks 

    • Journals

  • Electronics 

    • Cell phones 

    • Chargers

    • Headphones

    • Speakers

  • Compass cards  


* indicated as a need by the majority of shelters surveyed

Monetary Donations.

In addition to item donations, the shelters in our community need monetary support to continue providing their essential services.

If you would like to donate funds, you may visit our GoFundMe page, or present a cheque at our item drive event on August 29, 2021.

CWI Hats.

CWI hats will be available at all item drive locations for $28. All profits will be donated to women's shelters and transition houses in the Lower Mainland.

Event Media.

Check out the CWI item drive event listings from Global News and the City of Surrey!