As Winnipeggers prepare to leave unwanted items curbside this weekend, many small donation centers are asking for some of these items to be donated instead.
Many Winnipeg donation centers say that with rising inflation and hundreds of Ukrainian refugees on their way to Manitoba, they are struggling to keep up with demand.
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That’s why they’re asking Winnipeggers to consider donating the things they may have put on the sidewalk this weekend.
At the Wolseley Family Centre, chief executive Emma Fineblit says that while donations are appreciated, at this time items for children under six are particularly needed.
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“If you have, you know, leftover diapers your kids grew up out of, clothes your kids grew up out of, things like high chairs, strollers, like playpens, all of that is always in high demand,” a- she declared. Global News Friday, as the center held a special free pick-up event.
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Fineblit said more than 200 people stopped by for the event.
Emma Shaboyko and her son were among those who stopped by the Wolseley Family Center on Friday to look for new toys and clothes.
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“I would say we’re here once a week and you know babies grow really fast,” she said. “So it’s great to be able to bring back the things that my kids have outgrown, to pick up something new and I feel really safe coming here.”
Other donation centers are also short of donations.
Charleswood Caring and Sharing Food Bank said kitchen items are the most in demand right now.
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“Pots, pans, dishes, storage foods, storage containers, household objects and clothes as clothes are really important,” explained Susan Brown, lead coordinator of Charleswood Caring and Sharing. Food Bank.
Brown and Finblit say any items in good condition that Winnipeggers might consider donating this weekend would be helpful.
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“The amount people are making, whether it’s on minimum wage, whether it’s on unemployment income assistance, is just not realistic to cover rent, to cover groceries,” Fineblit said. .
“As if we weren’t talking about extravagant things here. We’re talking about, you know, the basics for a family to survive.
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