Donation Drive for LGBTQ+ Refugees and Newcomers

Help us distribute 1,200 welcome kits!

Since the start of 2023, The 519 has served over 8,000 LGBTQ+ refugees, with even more still awaiting support. To answer the need, the entire team at The 519 is coming together for a day in February to connect with 1,200 LGBTQ+ refugee claimants currently on our waitlist to immediate support.

Help us welcome them with supports that enable them to get their start in Canada with safety, warmth and dignity.

We want to distribute 1,200 welcome kits for our newest neighbours full of essential personal care items. To do this, we’re asking our supporters to help fill these kits by donating items we get asked for the most.

Can we count on you?

We invite donations of new essential supplies. You can choose to do so in the following ways:

1. Purchase items directly through our Amazon wishlist 

2. Drop items off in person at The 519

3. Donate cash in person or online via the form bellow, we will purchase items on your behalf!

Drop-off times:

    • Weekdays: 9am to 8pm
    • Weekends: 10am to 4pm

We are accepting donations until February 12 at noon.

Thank you for supporting our Love In Action Day!

Here are the items we’re looking for (new and unopened/unused only)

  • Diapers (all sizes are welcome, with an emphasis on toddler sizes)
  • Disposable menstrual hygiene products (tampons and pads)
  • Toothpaste
  • Toothbrushes
  • Soap/Body Wash
  • Body Lotion
  • Toques
  • Gloves
  • Lip Balm
  • Shaving Cream
  • Razors
  • Deodorant
  • Shampoo and Conditioner

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“Support @The519 Donation Drive for LGBTQ+ Refugees and Newcomers. Their goal is to create 1,200 welcome kits by February 12 to welcome folks with items that will help them to get their start in Canada with safety, warmth and dignity.

They are seeking donations via their wishlist, dropping off new and unused items, and via cash donations.

Learn more @The519 or visit”

Donate Online

Ways to donate

  • Secure online donation 
  • By cheque and mail:
    Addressed to: Philanthropy Department, The 519, 519 Church St. Toronto, ON M4Y 2C9. Cheques to be made payable to “The 519″
  • Third party partnerships, gifts of securities, legacy gifts, and more: See other ways to give

Registered charity (119310761–RR0001), we issue charitable tax receipts for all donations of $20 or more. A charitable tax receipt is sent directly to your email when you make an online donation.

What your donation goes towards

The 519 is a transparent, accountable City of Toronto agency with an active and engaged community-elected Board of Directors.

To learn more about how your donation will support our year-round work, check out our annual reports and audited financial statements.

For more information or questions, get in touch with:

Aniska Ali (she/her)
Director, Philanthropy