January 08, 2019

Diabetes Canada is very saddened to learn of the recent deaths of two individuals in clothing donation bins belonging to other charitable organizations located in West Vancouver., and Toronto. Approximately 4,000 Diabetes Canada clothing donation bins across Canada are in the process of being retrofitted or modified in an effort to prevent injury or death to those misusing or trying to gain entry to its clothing donation bins. The most effective way for Diabetes Canada to modify these bins is to do it at each donation bin location; all modifications are expected to be completed by January 18, 2019.

Diabetes Canada announced its intention to modify its clothing donation bins on January 4, 2019. To date, more than 240 retrofits have been completed in Ontario; additional technical information received today from Diabetes Canada’s clothing donation bin designer and manufacturer will allow the organization to implement modifications to its remaining bins across Canada.  

Funds raised through clothing donation bins have played a key role in supporting Diabetes Canada activities for more than 20 years.  The organization relies on the generosity of Canadians who donate clothing and small household donations through these bins and via home pick up service in its work to support 11 million Canadians with diabetes or prediabetes. Such donations represent nearly 25 per cent of total revenues (2017), providing essential funding for research and advocacy activities, camps for children with Type 1 diabetes and resources for health-care professionals.

Those wishing to donate clothing or small household goods through home pick up, please visit https://declutter.diabetes.ca/

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About Diabetes Canada

Diabetes Canada is the registered national charitable organization that is making the invisible epidemic of diabetes visible and urgent. Diabetes Canada partners with Canadians to End Diabetes through:

  • Resources for health-care professionals on best practices to care for people with diabetes;
  • Advocacy to governments, schools and workplaces; and
  • Funding world-leading Canadian research to improve treatments and find a cure.

For more information:

Kathleen Powderley
Media Relations
Diabetes Canada
416-803-5597
Kathleen.Powderley@diabetes.ca

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