Uplift Canada Foundation to collect unused clothing in the North Delta this Saturday – North Delta Reporter


A youth-led charity group is asking residents of North Delta to clean their closets this weekend to support shelters in the area.

Uplift Canada Foundation, a registered non-profit organization that recycles donated clothing and relocates it directly to local shelters, is hosting a clothing drive in the North Delta region on Saturday, September 25. The entire event is contactless and COVID-safe, with residents encouraged to leave items in bags and out on their doorsteps for Uplift volunteers to pick up.

After consulting with staff at various shelters in British Columbia, the organization chose to practice “intentional donation,” which means that it only collects items each month that are requested by residents of the shelter.

For the North Delta route, Uplift Canada is looking for women’s blouses, dresses, leggings and shoes / boots (sizes 7-10), and men’s sweaters, t-shirts, pants / sweatpants and shoes (sizes 7-12). The articles will then be distributed to the Elizabeth Fry Society, The Nest, Surrey Urban Mission, Al Mitchell Place and Phoenix Society.

In addition to helping those in need, Uplift Canada also aims to divert textiles that would otherwise end up in landfills – on average 37 kilograms (about 81.5 pounds) per person in Canada each year and about 10.5 million tonnes per year in North America, according to statistics compiled by Waste Reduction Week in Canada.

“We are a global NGO because we work to alleviate inequalities of environmental and social justice in a way that benefits both the donor and the recipient,” read a press release promoting the event. pickup on Saturday.

“By recycling clothing donations and ultimately supporting the circular economy, Uplift Canada is mitigating the environmental damage caused by garment waste in landfills and instead reuses those items into a usable resource for those in need.”

Uplift Canada was founded by Maggie Larocque, resident of Tsawwassen, third-year pre-law student at McGill University, in January 2021.

“What inspired me to start the Uplift Canada Foundation was a trip to a local waste management facility (the landfill) in British Columbia. Not only was it an environmentally discouraging place to visit, but I have witnessed firsthand the large amount of clothing waste prevalent in my own backyard, ”Larocque said in a statement sent by email to Journalist.

“I just couldn’t believe my eyes, seeing the piles and piles of undamaged clothes that were just going to be wasted. Something must be done. Hence the Uplift Canada Foundation.

The organization held monthly clothing drives on the last Saturday of each month, collecting donations in Tsawwassen, Ladner, Surrey, White Rock, Coquitlam, New Westminster and Burnaby.

To register for this weekend’s clothing drive, visit upliftcanadafoundation.org.

– with files from Tracy Holmes

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List of items accepted for Uplift Canada’s North Delta clothing drive on Saturday, September 25, 2021 (photo submitted)

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