In Toronto, around 10,000 people suffer from homelessness each night, burdened with facing the incredibly cold Canadian winter, and in some cases, even freezing to death. Check your closets again this year as there are many people in need as we head into winter. Let’s make it a goal to get more jackets out to those in need this year!

Rosedale United Church (“RUC”) is determined to collect 500 warm coats for the people of Toronto who don’t have the privilege of being able to purchase a warm coat this winter. We think we can attain this goal by reaching out to our extended community. Of course, if we can collect more than 500, we won’t stop there, as there is a desperate need. For the last three years, the jackets have been extremely well received and appreciated—thank you to all who contributed to this effort by donating coats, cash or their time.

Who will receive our warm coats?

Homeless and marginally housed people across Toronto. The coats we collect with your generous support will be delivered, according to their needs to Homeless Outreach Agencies across the GTA. These may include Fred Victor/CRC, St. Luke's United Church, Sanctuary Toronto Ministries and the Scarborough Women's Shelter.

The ways you can donate include:

1. Donate one or more adult warm water/windproof winter coats. (Good condition used, or new) AND/OR

2. Donate to Rosedale United Church to help us buy warm coats for the homeless. The cost of one warm coat is approximately $125. Any amount helps. A tax receipt will be issued for any amount of $25 of more (see below). Donations are accepted by e-transfer or cheque.

How to achieve this goal? Share this opportunity with your community: family, friends, neighbours, co-workers, and classmates!

When/Where to drop off the coats?

Thursday, November 16th from 4:30-6:30 and on Saturday, November 18 from 9:30 am -12:30 pm at the western side door (located on Glen Ave) of Rosedale United Church (159 Roxborough Dr., Toronto, Ontario).

If you are unable to deliver your jackets to the church please contact to arrange for a pick up. 

How to deliver the coats?

Place your donated coats in a clear plastic bag in the trunk of your car and pop the lid open when you arrive at RUC. One of our Coat Drive volunteers, will take the jackets out of the car and put them in the church.

If you choose to donate money by cheque:

Please make your cheque payable to Rosedale United Church and write “warm coats” on the memo line.

Please make sure to include your name and address so we can prepare your tax receipt correctly.

You can mail your cheque or drop it off in the mail slot in the side door of the church at 159 Roxborough Drive, Toronto, ON M4W 1X7.

If you choose to donate by e-transfer:

1. Please send your e-transfer to and write “warm jackets in the message box. No password is required. Donations are automatically deposited.

2. Please send an email to with your name and address so we can prepare your tax receipt correctly. Please reference your e-transfer.

Tax receipts: your warm coat donations will be prepared and mailed as part of our annual tax receipt preparations in early 2024.

Thank you for doing what you can to make sure as many people in Toronto have warm jackets this winter.

Note: 100% of the proceeds will go towards purchasing warm coats for the homeless. Any amount helps!