As we are sure you can imagine, even though our women and children are safe from abuse while residing with us, it is not easy leaving your home and living in a Shelter and particularly on special occasions.  The Denise House tries really hard to make their time here as comfortable as possible and even more so over the Christmas Holidays.  If you are so inclined to help out over this Holiday Season by shopping for our residents and helping to make their Christmas special, please see the wish lists below and once you have your shopping done, send an email to our donations coordinator at [email protected] to discuss how you can drop it off (before December 17th).

Please Note: Although we are grateful for donations and your generosity, we are not able to accept gently used donations of any kind.  All donations must be unwrapped and NEW with tags on from store and/or unopened.  For gently used donations, please consider donating to Mission Thrift Store located at 1300 Simcoe Street North in Oshawa.  We have formed a partnership with this store that allows our clients to access clothing and small household items from their location free of charge.  They can be reached at 905-720-2430 to inquire about their donation drop off schedule. 


  • Gift Cards from: 
    Dollarama, Michaels, Mastermind Toys, Apple Store (for IPad Games)
  • Baby dolls
  • Doll Stroller
  • Books
  • Barbies
  • Cooking things
  • Hairdresser Doll Head
  • Bubble Bath
  • Various Lego Sets
  • Craft Supplies
  • Dress Up Clothes
  • Pokemon Cards
  • Musical Instruments
  • Games for Nintendo Switch
  • Slime
  • Spiderman
  • Cars, Trucks, Ambulance, Fire Truck
  • Building Blocks
  • Educational Learning Toys
  • Paw Patrol
  • Puzzles
  • Magic Magnets
  • Hot Wheels
  • Pencil Crayons
  • Washable Paints
  • Orbeez Balls
  • Mini squeeze pop bubble fidgets
  • S&S Worldwide Colour Splash
  • 2 Liquid Water Colours - 6 pck
  • Leadstar Educational Water Drawing Mat (40'X28")
  • Elmer's Gue Slime


Infant Toys


  • Bath Toys
  • Block Sets
  • Teething Rings
  • Sleepers
  • Bibs
  • Soft Toys
  • Musical Toys
  • Learning Toys



Teen Boys & Girls:

Not many people think of Teens when buying for the Holidays, won't you please consider helping?

  • Gift Cards from: Oshawa Center, EB Games, Spotify & FG Bradley
  • Toiletry packs
  • Axe Products
  • Shaving Kits
  • Jewellery
  • Watches
  • Blow Dryers
  • Curling/Flat Irons
  • Warm clothing (hoodies, leggings, etc)
  • Wireless headphones/headsets
  • Cell Phone accessories (wireless charger, etc)
  • Watches
  • Novels for teens
  • Older Board Games



  • Gift Cards from Wal-Mart, Giant Tiger, Grocery, Oshawa Center, Homesense, Dollarama
  • Jewellery
  • Clothing (track pants, sweaters, hoodies, leggings, etc)
  • Shoes/Boots (sizes 7 to 10)
  • Yoga Mats
  • Books - (Romance, historical)
  • Dog treats
  • Self Care Gift Sets
  • Perfume
  • Bath Products
  • Manicure/Pedicure items
  • Journals
  • Sketching Pads & Pencils
  • Games for Play Station 4 
  • Psychic Items (crystals, mandala, tarot cards, etc)
  • Watercolours for painting
  • Crochet and Knitting wool
  • A Kobo Reader (loves True Crime,law, documentaries)
  • Romance novels


You may be surprised to hear that in any given year we help 32% more women and children than we are funded for by the Government


In the last year:

120 Women and Children resided with us

1090 Crisis Calls were answered and provided Support and Information

We provided approximately 40,000 Meals and Snacks

We provided over 4,000 Safe Sleep Nights

400+ Women and Children received Support through our Community Outreach Support Programs

Approximately 800 Volunteer Hours were provided

A Note From Our Executive Director:

Prior to the COVID 19 pandemic and provincial shut down, The Denise House would see and provide support to women,
with or without children, over our funded capacity. That was the need for services. As the provincial shut down occurred
and stay at home orders came into place, women experiencing violence and abuse became more trapped in their
situations than ever, feeling all the more helpless and without supports, stronger fears of reaching out for help. Our
service statistics are a demonstration of this fear and uncertainty of reaching out for help. The Denise House continues
to encourage women to seek the support and assistance they need and we have seen an increase of women reaching out
as the province and services have gone through re-opening stages over the last year. As an essential service, we will
continue to change and assess how best we can provide much needed services for women and their children in the most
healthy and safe way possible.


YOU can help bridge the gap - Please CLICK HERE to donate today.💜