How to make the best out of July 1st

On July 1st, as many Canadians gather with their families to celebrate Canada day, here at Martel, we have an even more important celebration: Moving day. 

Moving from one home to another can sometimes be a stressful period and this is what many associate with this process. However, moving is also the opportunity for a fresh start. By that, we also mean getting rid of that old t-shirt that has been stuck at the back of your closet for far too long! 

Ahead of the big day, we wanted to share some ways that you can give back to the Montreal community through your move and start the journey in your new place clutter-free! 

Whether it be small or big, there are numerous ways you can give back. In Montreal, many places are accepting donations for just about anything. 

Chez Doris

Address: 1430 Rue Chomedey, Montréal, QC H3H 2A7

Hours: 8:30 am – 8:00 pm 

Contact: 514-937-2341

Website: https://www.chezdoris.org/en/get-involved/donate-items/

Chez Doris is a women’s shelter offering services to women in need and providing them with a safe environment. They accept clothing donations for women all year-long, but prefer to receive items suitable for the current season. They also accept other donations for food, toiletries, appliances and more. *See the website for more details 

Fondation des Grands Frères et Grandes Soeurs

Address: 10871 Avenue Salk, Montréal-Nord, QC H1G 6M7

Hours: Weekdays: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm, Weekends 9:00 am – 3:00 pm 

Contact: 

Website: https://gfgsmtl.qc.ca/don-vetements/

The Fondation GFGS has been serving the Montreal community since 1975. Their mission is to pair young people with mentors to help them reach their full potential. Today, they help 1,700 kids every year. They have clothing bins around the city where you can drop off clothes (Find the nearest one: https://gfgsmtl.qc.ca/en/donate-clothes/clothing-bins/) and even offer home pick-up when you register online. On top of that, if you need any help sorting through your closet, they have you covered! https://gfgsmtl.qc.ca/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/%C3%89purer-sa-garde-robe.pdf

Electrobac

Address: 5425 Casgrain Ave suite 304, Montreal, Quebec H2T 1X6

Hours: Weekdays: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm, Weekends: closed 

Contact: 1-833-780-8044

Website: https://www.electrobac.com/about-our-ewaste-smartbin/

Electrobac recycles your small electronics such as cellphones, tablets, cameras, headphones and more! The process is simple, all you have to do is find the bin closest to you by clicking the website link above and Electrobac handles the rest. They even tell you how much you are contributing to the environment with your recycled electronics!

Renaissance

Address: Multiple in the city

Hours: Varies on the location 

Contact: 514-276-3626

Website: https://renaissancequebec.ca/en/give-articles/

Renaissance accepts donations of many different items from books and toys to sports equipment and gardening tools. Make sure to click the link above to ensure they are accepting what you want to donate. With many locations across the island, you are sure to find a drop-off location near you!

L’Entraide les Amis de Montréal

Address: 3723 Rue Notre-Dame Ouest, Montréal, QC H4C 1P8

Hours: Weekdays: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm, Saturday: 8:00 am – 4:00 pm, Sunday: closed

Contact: (514) 846-9222 / (514) 507-3200

Website: https://entraide-montreal.com/cueillette/

This organization collects your used furniture and household appliances to sell at a discounted price to people in need. Best thing about them? They pick up what you want to donate from your house! All you need to do is fill out a request online. Whether it be a desk, bed, fridge or oven, L’Entraide les Amis de Montréal does it all!

With this list, we hope that we can inspire you to give back to your community through your move. If you are unsure about where to donate your items, send us an email or ask your Martel representative who will be able to redirect you towards the appropriate resources. 

That being said, we hope you all enjoy your move as much as we do!