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Loving Hands Kingston

Hours of Operation:

Monday - 9:00am - 4:30am
Tuesday - 9:00am - 4:30pm
Wednesday - 9:00am - 4:30pm
Thursday - 9:00am - 4:30am
Friday - 9:00am - 4:30pm

Cause: Children & Family


Maryann Ruttan

(613) 217-2354

[email protected]

About Us:

We are a group of individuals that work in collaboration with nonprofit agencies and local Kingston shelters. In working directly with shelters this helps to take the guess out of the guessing game as to who is really in need.

The shelters and nonprofit agencies we assist are:
Dawn House, Lily’s Place Family Shelter, Elizabeth Fry, Joyce Detweiler House, One Roof Kingston Youth Hub, Kingston Interval House, Robin’s Hope, Kingston Youth Shelter and their 2 transitional houses, Housing Help Center, Kingston Home Base Non-Profit Housing, Home Base Housing, St. Vincent de Paul, Dress For Success Kingston, Well Suited, Rise Youth Services, In From The Cold, Kingston Youth Services, Kingston Food Bank - Partners In Mission, HARS Kingston, Youth Unlimited, John Howard Society, Quinte Detention Centre - Rehabilitation, Kingscourt FMC, Family and Children Services of Frontenac Lennox and Addington, Birth Right Kingston, Martha’s Table, Community Mental Health Services, Addiction and Mental Health Services - KFLA, Hotel Dieu Community Support, Kingston General Hospital Community Support.

We help to address the needs of local shelters with providing them with toiletries, feminine hygiene products, snacks, clothing for adults and children, daily used items such as towels, cutlery etc.

On a bi-weekly basis we assist various other non-profit agencies with toiletries and feminine hygiene products.

In addition we also assist shelter residents into their own homes by providing clothing, household items, furniture and in some cases baby and children items. We find that the bridge between people leaving shelters and gaining their own residence is very difficult and we try to do our best to make the transition as comfortable and smooth as possible.

We are constantly accepting donations of clothing, housewares, toiletries, children and baby items as well as non-perishable food, snacks and drinks.

Considering we are a central linking station to all community shelters this helps to secure confidentiality and security while providing residents with the essentials to get back on their feet again.

Our Story:

Founded in 2015, Loving Hands Kingston works in collaboration with nonprofit agencies and local shelters in Kingston, ON by supporting them with the donations they need.

Homelessness and poverty are major issues in Kingston, and the number of shelters and organizations that work tirelessly to help those issues has unfortunately dwindled. That’s where Loving Hands Kingston has stepped in to help.

It all started during the Christmas season of 2015. Maryann, the founder of Loving Hands Kingston, was working with the rest of her team creating blessing bags – bags containing items like socks, toiletries, grooming supplies, and other necessities – to hand out at local shelters. It was in delivering those blessing bags and speaking with the staff at local shelters that Maryann she discovered a huge gap.

The gap often took the form of basic household items, clothing, and toiletries needed to help people transitioning from shelters into homes. Furniture was the hardest thing for shelter workers to find, and the reason for that is twofold, Maryann explained. First of all, most people try to sell off their used furniture or otherwise donate it to the places that are simple to donate to like Value Village or the Salvation Army. The second reason is simply space. Unlike Value Village or the Salvation Army, local shelters don’t have the space to store donated items until they are needed, nor do they have the manpower to sort through donations.

After a lot of communication with those that work and run local shelters, the team at Loving Hands Kingston came up with a plan.

Mission Statement:

We care and believe that everyone should have the basic necessities warmth, hygiene and food and have noticed that these items have a tremendous impact on a person’s life.