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Bea's Kloset
Bea's Closet
Bea's Kloset
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Bea's Kloset is a  ‘free store’ for women and young girls transitioning to life on their own.

Using household items donated by downsizing seniors, friends of Soroptimists, and other donors, our recipients will be able to ‘shop for free’ for the household items they need.

Women and girls in our community can be referred to us from our partner social service agencies and have the opportunity to select items from Bea’s Kloset that will transform their new apartments into functional and comfortable homes.

Who do we help?

There are many reasons a woman or girl may need to access Bea's Kloset.  We have an established network of social workers and agencies, youth and family counsellors and school counsellors who watch over girls in foster care, girls pregnant or parenting at a young age, or women living in a recovery house.

When these women and girls age out of the foster care system, transition out of the recovery house, or are heading out to begin life on their own with their young children, Bea's Kloset will help them fill their new home with everyday essentials. Applicants must be referred to Bea's Kloset by one of our many partners.

On average, we have between 20-25 beneficiaries per month shop at our volunteer-run "Kloset."

How can you help?

Bea's Kloset relies 100% on donations from the community, other organizations and people like you. If you have items in excellent condition that you no longer need, help us fill our shelves by sending an email to beaskloset@gmail.com to arrange an appointment with one of our donation volunteers at Bea's Kloset. We also hold scheduled donation days.

Please check our Calendar

Your donation will help improve the lives of a woman or girl in our community.

Rule of thumb to follow

If you wouldn’t want to receive it, or wouldn’t feel confident giving it as a re-gift  (in the condition it is now (not as it once was), it's not suitable for Bea’s Kloset.  (We happily take cash contributions as well!)

Donation Items Needed

  • Kitchen garbage cans
  • Cutlery and kitchen utensils
  • Pots and Pans
  • Mixing bowls, cups
  • Dish drain racks
  • Glassware
  • Small kitchen appliances (coffee makers, blenders, toasters, kettles)
  • Bedding
  • Towels & linens
  • Flashlights
  • Lamps
  • Vacuums
  • Small chairs and bookshelves
  • Iron & ironing boards
  • Extension cords
  • New pillows
  • "Starter kit" - Laundry basket, dish detergent, paper towels, aluminum foil, cleaning products, toilet brush
  • Cash or cheque 

A message from Bea

We are so excited about how much impact this project has had for women and girls in our community. We know how hard it can be financially to set up a  living space and we wanted to give a hand up to some in our community to help make their new living spaces their home!

We are thrilled to receive your donations. We are looking for gently used, like-new household items to provide to the women and girls who visit Bea’s Kloset. If we receive donations of items that aren’t in good condition, it costs us money to dispose of them to make room for suitable items.

With a goal of helping several women/girls per month at Bea’s Kloset, we need to use our space and resources wisely.

If you do not have anything lying around to donate, you may wish to consider donating a new laundry basket filled with new household necessities like laundry and cleaning products, toilet brush, plastic wrap, foil, new towels, etc.…

Thank you for understanding!

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In Our Clients Words

Thank you so much, I thought that I was alone, no family, no friends to help. But you ladies have proven that I'm not alone in this country thank you so very much from the bottom of my heart."

We started off with nothing but our bedroom furniture. It has been incredibly challenging but with the help of amazing people, such as the incredible women who run Bea's Kloset, we have turned our house into a home. We cannot express how grateful we are to these amazing women."

I am unbelievably grateful for this amazing program that these wonderful women are kind enough to donate their time to. Starting over is such a difficult task and the help makes all the difference. I started with just my suitcase and am now able to start setting up my home and focus my time, energy and money on getting on my feet. Thank you all for being the kind hearted women that you are from the bottom of my heart."