Annual Donation Drive

SANDSTONE is proud to support the Calgary Drop-In & Rehab Centre.

In December each year, we take the time to give back and we encourage our clients, friends, families and other organizations to join us. Our involvement with the Calgary Drop-In & Rehab Centre (the DI) started in 2004 because we believe in the work that they do and the impact they have in the community. Since then, we've been proud to organize one large donation each year as well as campaign to raise awareness about services offered at the shelter and social issues facing our city.

Sandstone Towel Drive for the DI

Bath towels. Hand towels. Face clothes. The DI needs it all.

Our largest donation of towels to date has been 2,300. We know that with your help we can give even more this year. You can drop off your new or gently used towels at SANDSTONE during business hours between now and December 21st. No towels to spare? Donate cash and we'll buy the towels on your behalf.

Past years, SANDSTONE and our clients have helped give:

  • 700 pairs of underwear
  • 65,000 Ibuprofen tablets
  • 7,000 pairs of socks
  • 2,300 towels
  • 500 bottles of shampoo
  • 10,050 razors
  • 2,200 toothbrushes  

About the Calgary Drop-In Centre

For more than 55 years, the DI has been delivering emergency shelter, health services, community resources and housing supports to people in need. Whether housed or unhoused, the DI is open to care for Calgary's most vulnerable. With more than 50 different programs and services, the DI meets people wherever they are and helps get them where they want to go. Sometimes that means providing a meal or a place to sleep at night, other times it could be helping someone access government assistance or find supportive housing. Whatever a DI client needs, they are offered care and direction tailored to meet those needs.

Interesting facts about the Calgary Drop-In Centre:

  • 97% people seeking shelter at the DI stayed in the shelter less than 21 days
  • The DI can sleep up to 1,000 people per night in the main shelter and they have an overflow satellite shelter if more space is required
  • The DI owns 2 mixed-market buildings with a total of 162 units for low income Calgarians
  • 1.2 million meals are served at the DI in a year

This is just one of the ways SANDSTONE is an active part of our community. See other initiatives.