Haven Society gratefully accepts donations of new items for the use of our clients – please see our Haven Wishlist as a guideline to let you know of our greatest and most ongoing needs.

Gift Cards

Gift Cards in any denomination for local businesses (e.g. Superstore, Chapters, Wal-Mart, theatres, restaurants are very welcome!

Help local women and children celebrate the holiday.

Bring some joy and holiday cheer into the lives of local families who may not otherwise be able to afford basic necessities, food or gift items this season.

Grocery Gift Cards and Turkey Vouchers

Gift cards or food vouchers in any denomination can make a huge difference to local families struggling to make ends meet.

Help local women and children get enough to eat this Christmas

For many Haven Society clients, the holidays can prove to be challenging. Grocery cards and turkey vouchers can go a long way to providing basic necessities,and a most welcome treat during a tough time.

Bus Tickets

For many women and their children, transportation costs are a barrier. Donating bus tickets to Haven can provide freedom and opportunities.

Help give the gift of freedom and mobility.

Women and children without access to transportation are often unable to access assistance in their community. By donating bus tickets, you can help ensure women and their families have full access to the support they need.

New Socks, Underwear, Toiletries and PJs for Women and Children

Women and children fleeing domestic violence often leave with nothing but the clothing on their backs. Help provide basic comforts and necessities for clients in the Transition and Safe Houses.

Give a Gift of Comfort

Think of all the things you need for an overnight trip. Toothbrush? Deodorant? Shampoo? Comfy pajamas? Help us make sure our clients have the most basic comforts during what can be a very difficult time.


We are no longer able to accept used items onsite due to space constraints and health concerns.

If you have used household goods, children’s toys or clothing to donate please contact the Friends of Haven Thrift Store at 250-754-3687 or visit them at 451 Albert Street, Nanaimo B.C.

The Friends of Haven Thrift Store is privately owned and supports  Haven Society by giving gift certificates to Haven clients who have used our services, donating the proceeds of Silent Auctions, accepting customer donations at the Wishing Well, and donating a portion of the cash profit from the store to Haven Society.

They gratefully accept donations of clean, gently used clothing, household goods, books, collectibles, kitchenware and jewellery. Please call ahead if you have furniture as they may not have room for larger items . The Thrift Shop does not accept mattresses, computers, or large appliances.

Thanks to generous community support the Thrift Store is full of incredible bargains!

Friends of Haven Thrift Store is located at: 451 Albert Street, Nanaimo, BC, Ph: 250-754-3687


Store hours:  Monday to Saturday from 9:30am to 5pm

Donations accepted:  Monday to Saturday from 9am to 3pm