#BundleUpYEG Clothing Drive Gears Up for Another Year

What started as a casual pastime has now become one of Edmonton’s most anticipated yearly clothing drives. From November 1st until Christmas Day, Jasmine and her husband Ryan will spend their evenings and weekends collecting donations of warm winter clothing for #BundleUpYEG, an annual project that Jasmine initiated in 2013.

“I had just finished one job and I was moving into another, and I had this two-week layover period where I had no work to do,” she explains. “I’m not someone who can just do nothing when I’m bored.”

That’s when inspiration struck. After seeing a news story about the need for winter clothing among Edmonton’s homeless population, Jasmine knew how she wanted to spend her free time. Reaching out to her large following on social media, she asked if anyone had unneeded coats, hats, scarves, mittens, or sweaters, which she offered to pick up and drop off at organizations in the community that help homeless people, like Bissell Centre. Jasmine’s instincts were right. People often want to donate but find it difficult or inconvenient. “Time is the biggest thing,”” she suggests. “The world moves very quickly these days; everyone has something to do and somewhere to be.”

But time is not the only obstacle to donating. As Jasmine explains, “You can get caught up on who to donate to and where to go, and that can be very daunting. We try to remove that step for people.” Making it easier for people to donate has been met with more success than Jasmine anticipated; she says that she has been amazed at the generosity of her community. “I think it’s a huge testament to Edmonton and the people who live here,” she says.

The need in our community for warm clothing over the harsh winter months is as urgent as ever. Approximately 2,300 people living in Edmonton are temporarily or chronically homeless, and for them, winter can be deadly without proper clothing. “People on the streets are susceptible to frostbite, hypothermia, and sickness due to overexposure,” says Nichelle Bryant, In-Kind Coordinator at Bissell Centre. “During the winter, we can easily see upwards of 500 people every day accessing our Drop-in Centre, with a high majority of them needing winter clothing to keep them safe and warm overnight.” For places like Bissell Centre, Jasmine’s #BundleUpYEG initiative can mean the difference between having to turn people away or being able to offer warm clothing all winter long.

To date, #BundleUpYEG has donated roughly 370 bags—over 4,000 individual items—of clothing to homeless shelters and supported organizations in the community. This will be the fourth year that Jasmine and Ryan will organize #BundleUpYEG, this time with the goal of collecting 130 bags of clothing. You can help Jasmine reach her goal by contacting her via email (bundleupyeg@gmail.com), on Twitter (@JasFranklin09), online at bundleupyeg.com, or by dropping your donations off at any of the following locations.

  • November 1st–December 2nd: 102.3 Now! Radio: Suite 102, 9894-42 Avenue
  • November 1st–mid-December: Blitz Conditioning: 10575 115 Street
  • November 25th–December 24th: Kingsway Mall, Giftwrapping Centre: 109 Street & Kingsway

We smashed our goal of $25,000 for #RestoreBissell Fire Relief fundraiser!

THANK YOU!

Together, we raised $33,720!! That’s $8,720 over and above our $25,000 goal. We are so grateful!

A special thank you to Lift Interactive for creating the #RestoreBissell micro-site, and Servus Credit Union for their generous $15,000 matching donation. And last, but most certainly not least, our community of supporters and advocates. You tweeted, you blogged, you Instagram’d—and you donated.

Thank you so very much!

We are almost at our goal of $25,000 for #RestoreBissell Fire Relief Fundraiser

Thank you to everyone for continuing to support our #RestoreBissell fire relief fundraiser. We are only $5,500 away from our goal of $25,000 that will help us to re-open the doors to our Thrift Shoppe in late October after it was damaged by fire.Servus Credit Union will match your donation up to $15,000 and your continued support could potentially help us exceed our goal! The fundraiser ends on Friday, August 8th.

Please donate online at restorebissell.org and help spread the word using hashtag #RestoreBissell.

For more information, please contact:

Devin Komarniski Acting Manager of Marketing & Communications: dkomarniski@bissellcentre.org

Servus Credit Union to double your donations for #RestoreBissell fundraiser!

Bissell Centre is proud to announce Servus Credit Union as a matching donor for the #RestoreBissell fire relief fundraiser. They will double your donations until the end of the campaign on August 8th to help reach our goal of $25,000 to re-open our Thrift Shoppe in late October. We are currently at 30% of our goal and we encourage you to please donate at restorebissell.org.

“The Bissell Centre takes it upon themselves to provide an essential service to the community by working with their partners. That’s quite similar to how Servus operates and when we heard they had another setback, I think we all gasped a little in disbelief,” says Dan Bruinooge, Chief People & Corporate Services Officer.

He adds that’s why supporting the Bissell Centre’s fund raising campaign makes so much sense to us. “Servus could have looked for other ways to help them out but we chose this because we want to make sure they get back on their feet quickly and we hope that many others make that choice as well by donating today”.

When organizations like the Bissell Centre are supported, we all benefit.

#RestoreBissell fire relief fundraiser is a two-week online event where we need your help to raise $25,000 to re-open the doors to our original Thrift Shoppe for late October.

The online fundraiser started Monday, July 28th and runs until Friday, August 8th. Please donate at restorebissell.org and spread the word using hashtag #RestoreBissell.

For more information, please contact:

Devin Komarniski Acting Manager of Marketing & Communications dkomarniski@bissellcentre.org

Thrift Shoppe Fire Update – still in need of donations!

We have seen overwhelming support from people, organizations, and companies throughout the city who have donated clothing to help us rebuild after the devastating Thrift Shoppe fire. Thank you to everyone who has contributed to the cause! Your help has provided much needed clothing to those who rely on Bissell Centre for assistance. We are now accepting donations of clothing, linen, bedding, shoes, purses, back packs, small household items, knick-knacks, collectibles, and jewellery.

Bissell drop off locations can be found at:Bissell Centre Thrift Shoppe (Big Steel Box): 8818 – 118th ave 10am-5pm Monday – Saturday Bissell Centre Southside Location: 5120 – 122 street 9am-4pm Monday – Saturday

Those wishing to make a financial contribution to the Bissell Centre may do so by visiting our donation page.

If you would like to coordinate a clothing drive in your community or at your work, please click here to download a poster that you can use.

For further information please contact:

Madhu Khera – Manager, Bissell Centre Thrift Shoppe 780.471.6644

For Media Inquiries:

Devin Komarniski, Acting Manager Marketing & Communications 780.423.2285, Ext 131 dkomarniski@bissellcentre.org

Thrift Shoppe Fire – UPDATED Clothing Drop Off Locations and Times

Thank you for all your support as we rebuild from the devastating Thrift Shoppe fire. Your support will help us to continue to provide clothing and care for people living in poverty.

NOTE: all drop-off locations will be closed on Tuesday, July 1st due to the Canada Day holiday and all locations are closed on Sundays.

Bissell drop off locations (Big Steel Box) can be found at:Bissell Centre East Building: 10527 – 96 Street (South Side of Building) 10am-5pm Monday – Saturday Bissell Centre Southside Location: 5120 – 122 street 9am-4pm Monday – Saturday

Those wishing to make a financial contribution to the Bissell Centre may do so by visiting our donation page.

If you would like to coordinate a clothing drive in your community or at your work, please click here to download a poster that you can use.

For further information please contact:

Devin Komarniski, Acting Manager Marketing & Communications 780.423.2285, Ext 131 dkomarniski@bissellcentre.org

Bissell Centre Ramps up Recovery Plan after Thrift Shoppe Fire

Five days after a second devastating fire ripped through the Bissell Centre temporary Thrift Shoppe a recovery plan developed by Bissell Centre staff has been swiftly set in motion. Sea-Can storage containers were dropped off at Bissell Centre headquarters Monday and Bissell Thrift Shoppe staff are motivated and eager to accept donations.

Community agencies, businesses, organizations and radio stations have been quick to lend a hand, offering to accept and store donations until suitable storage was organized in anticipation of the permanent store reopening in September.

Those wishing to make a financial contribution to the Bissell Centre may do so by visiting our donations page.

If you would like to coordinate a clothing drive in your community or at your work, please click here to download a poster that you can use.

Bissell drop off locations (Big Steel Box) can be found at:Bissell Centre East Building: 10527 – 96 Street (South Side of Building) 10am-5pm Monday – Saturday Northlands (Rexall Place): 119 Ave & Wayne Gretzky Drive SB 10am-5pm Monday – Saturday

Community drop off locations:95.7 CRUZ FM: 5241 Calgary Tr., Suite 700 Up 99.3 FM: 9894 – 42nd Ave

NOTE: All drop-off locations will be closed on Tuesday, July 1st due to the Canada Day holiday

For further information please contact:

Devin Komarniski, Acting Manager Marketing & Communications 780.423.2285, Ext 131 dkomarniski@bissellcentre.org

Thrift Shoppe Fire UPDATE – Now Receiving Clothing Donations

For the second time in nine months, the Bissell Centre Thrift Shoppe has been leveled by fire destroying over 100,000 pieces of clothing and household goods destined for homeless and less fortunate Edmontonians.

Thirteen staff members employed at the temporary Thrift Shoppe have been offered professional crisis counselling to alleviate the stress of yet another fire.

“Today key staff gathered together to strategize and draft an emergency response plan to continue supporting our affected employees and the 5,000-6,000 clients affected by the fire,” said Bissell Centre CEO Mark Holmgren.

An interim storage, a Sea-Can unit has been situated south of the Bissell Centre East Building located at 10527-96 Street.  Staff and volunteers will be on hand to accept donations daily 10:00am – 5:00pm beginning Tuesday, June 24th (with the exception of Sunday). We are in urgent need of clothing for all seasons, ages, and gender.

Financial donations to further support the Bissell Centre can be made direct by accessing our donations form.

The Bissell Centre is fortunate to be supported by such a caring Edmonton Community and we wish to thank each and every person and organization for the countless thoughts, calls, emails and positive wishes during this difficult time.

For further information please contact:

Devin Komarniski, Acting Manager of Marketing & Communications 780.423.2285, Ext 131 dkomarniski@bissellcentre.org

Donate-A-Car to Bissell Centre!

Bissell Centre is excited to be a charity of choice for people who donate their used vehicles to Donate-A-Car Canada with the proceeds from the sale of the vehicles supporting our work in eliminating poverty in our community!

Donate-A-Car Canada makes it easy for anyone to donate a used or unwanted vehicle and have the proceeds directed to Bissell Centre. Donate-A-Car Canada arranges the pick-up, removal, and sale of cars at no cost or hassle to the donor.

The donor receives a tax receipt for the value of the sale or recycling of the car, minus a small percentage (10%-12%) for Donate-A-Car Canada’s operations.

We are happy to announce that Bissell Centre has received its second car donation through Donate-A-Car Canada in just over one month!

For more information about how you can donate your used or unwanted vehicle to support Bissell Centre, please visit www.donatecar.ca.

Bissell Centre in Need of Clothing!

C4b-H-borderlessBissell Centre kicks off spring with our #Clothes4Bissell clothing drive for individuals and families who are living in poverty.
Our spring clothing drive starts Tuesday, April 29th and wraps up at Riverbend Square Shopping Centre on Saturday, May 3rd from 10:00am – 3:00pm. We encourage you to clean out your closets and please donate your new or gently items for a good cause!

Check out our #Clothes4Bissell photo contest for your chance to win one of two $100 gift cards from @Bamboo_Ballroom and @FooshYEG! Details here!

CLOTHING ITEMS NEEDED:

  • Men’s clothing (all sizes)
  • Spring jackets
  • Hoodies
  • Track pants
  • Shorts
  • Footwear
  • Adult underwear & socks (NEW)

ADDITIONAL ITEMS NEEDED:

  • Kitchenware items
  • Bedding & Linens
  • Small appliances
  • Home Decor items
  • Children’s toys

DONATION DROP-OFF LOCATIONS:

  • Thrift Shoppe (11817 80 Street) Monday – Saturday 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • South Side Donation Centre (5120 – 122 Street) Monday – Saturday 9:00am – 4:00pm
  • Riverbend Square Shopping Centre (Saturday, May 3rd ONLY) 740 Riverbend Square 10:00am – 3:00pm

For more information, please contact Devin Komarniski, Acting Manager of Marketing & Communications, at dkomarniski@bissellcentre.org or by phone at 780.423.2285. ext. 131