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CAWES Wish List

Supporting Survivors: Your Generosity Makes a Difference

Thank you for thinking of Central Alberta Women's Emergency Shelter

Our shelter constantly has many needs, especially as women and children often arrive with very little. Your donations are crucial in helping us support those affected by domestic violence. If you would like to make a monetary donation, please do so here: DONATE TO CAWES

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Amazon Wish List

By using our Amazon Wish List, you supply crucial items to our shelter, reducing operational costs and enabling us to focus funds on aiding women and children affected by domestic violence. Your support ensures a well-equipped Shelter, maximizing resources for our mission: Supporting and empowering women and children to live free from domestic violence.

How to donate to Central Alberta Women's Emergency Shelter

Please make sure that you have made arrangements with us before you come to the shelter, ensuring that we are accepting the items you have to donate and prioritizing the safety of our guests, staff, and donors. Your generous donations play a crucial role in establishing a nurturing and safe haven for the women and children under our care. To maximize the impact of your contribution, we kindly request new or gently used items that are clean and in good condition, with thoughtful consideration of what you donate greatly appreciated due to limited space at the shelter. Prior to bringing in your donation, we encourage you to reach out to us to ensure that we can accommodate it, and we are thankful for your generosity and support.

403.346.5643 ext. 2 |

Empowerment Essentials: Items That Make a Difference

We rely on essential items all year round, though some may vary depending on the season. Please check back to see our seasonal essential items that we are in need of.

Clothing & Care

Comfort & Creativity Essentials

High Priority:

  • Backpacks

  • Suitcases & Duffel Bags

  • Pillow Cases

  • Kids Sunscreen

  • Women's running shoes (all sizes)

  • Women's sandals (all sizes)

  • Women's pajamas (all sizes)

  • Women's leggings (all sizes)

  • Charging blocks

  • Hair dryers

  • Baby monitors

Moderate Priority:

  • NEW women's & boys/girls underwear

  • Women's bras, sports bras

  • Razors

  • Teen boy clothing & underwear

  • Unopened & unexpired makeup

  • Baby bottles, soothers, wipes

  • Journals

  • Reusable water bottles

We currently have enough of the following items: (Items we are NOT in need of)

  • Feminine Hygiene (tampons, pads, etc.)​

  • Toothbrushes

  • Toothpaste

  • Socks

  • Clothing

  • Hairbrushes

  • Shampoo/conditioner/hair 

Join Us in Making a Difference: Sponsor Our Women's Shelter

At Central Alberta Women's Emergency Shelter, we're committed to creating a safe and supportive environment for women and children in need. We invite businesses of all kinds to partner with us in this important work. Your sponsorship, whether through financial contributions or in-kind donations, can make a significant impact. From providing essential supplies to supporting our programs and services, your involvement helps us empower those we serve. Join us today and be a part of positive change in our community. Together, we can make a difference.

Items we do not accept

We are so grateful for the donations that we receive weekly. Unfortunately 40% of the donations we receive are unusable or unsuitable for use by our guests at the shelter. We appreciate everyone's consideration, but due to limited storage and resources, we are unable to accept the following items:

  • Used children's toys, games, puzzles

  • Used stuffed animals

  • Cribs, bassinets, playpens

  • CD or DVDs (aside from children's movies/shows)

  • Jewelry 

  • School supplies

  • Used toiletries such as nail polish, hair products, etc.

  • Furniture

  • Electronics

  • Small appliances

  • Household items

  • Mattresses

Where your other items can make a difference

Here is a list of local partner organizations that welcome gently used items. Kindly note: The referral details are provided as a gesture, and arrangements for donations should be made directly with the organization.

Clothing & Accessories

Bibles for Missions | 403-340-2522

2823 Bremner Avenue Red Deer, Alberta

Dress for Success Central Alberta | 403.597.8769
#5, 5571 45th Street Red Deer, AB

Central Alberta Pregnancy Centre | 403.343.1619
5116 47 Street, Red Deer, Alberta

Red Deer Outreach Centre | 403.347.2480

4101 – 54 Avenue Red Deer, Alberta

Safe Harbour Society | 403.347.0181

5246 – 53 Avenue Red Deer, Alberta

Ronald McDonald House  | 403.340.2007

5002 39 Street Red Deer, Alberta

Furniture & Household Items

Habitat Red Deer ReStore | 403.309.6080
Gasoline Alley #100 409 Lantern Street 

St. Vincent de Paul | 403.588.2416
5508-48A Avenue, Red Deer, Alberta

Did you know that you can support our cause by organizing fundraisers within your community? Whether it's a charity run, a bake sale, or a community event, your efforts contribute to sustaining our vital services for families facing domestic violence. Let's work together to create a safer, healthier community for everyone.

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