Contacts for you

UPDATED ON AN ONGOING BASIS

This page is for sharing information about groups  and individuals who are involved in saving milk bags and making mats in Canada.

Do you want to donate milk bags? Check with a group close to where you live.

Do you want to join a weaving group? Contact the group in our area

Do you have finished mats to deliver? See where you can bring them

Are you interested in teaching others? Contact us directly

DROP OFF LOCATIONS FOR FINISHED MATS:

Canadian Food for Children Warehouse
1
258 Lakeshore Rd E.- Mississauga L5E 3B8- 905 -274-9239

Just west of Dixie Rd- on the South sideopen Monday – Friday 8 AM – 12 NOON                                                                                                                                                     

Angela Kesthely
344 Westridge Drive – Kleinburg, ON L0J 1C0
Islington & Major Mackenzie- Leave the mats in the driveway at any time.
                                                                                                                                  

Markham City Hall
Click here for information

Ottawa Area                                                                                           Please click here for updated information

GROUPS MAKING MAKING MATS – everyone is welcome!
They may accept bags!

Ajax
Ajax Baptist Church  56 Angus Drive Ajax – ON L1S 5C3
Leader:: Juliet Vandenburg at ajaxbaptist@rogers.com
Meet the last Friday of every month from September to June

St Andrews Church
35 Church Street North- Ajax ON L1T 2W4 – 905-683-7311
Leader: Ann Johaniss at http://office@standrewsajax.ca..
Weekly – Mondays 9:30 AM – 12:00 Noon

Hope Worldwide Canada
Leader: Carolyn Hou at carolyn.hou@hopewwcanada.org
Contact for more information

Aylmer

St Paul’s United Church
5 Queen Street N. Aylmer , ON N5H 2W4 519- 773-7152
Sleeping Mat Ministry: Several years ago a small group of women at Saint Paul’s came together to make milk bag sleeping mats to be sent to Third World Countries.Our mat making group meets from 9:30-11 every Thursday morning on the second floor of the CE building from September through June. Newcomers are welcome.

Belleville

Holy Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church
516 Victoria Ave, Belleville, ON K8N 4N5 613- 969-1257
You may want to inquire about their Outreach program making mats.

Bracebridge

Email: candice.audrey.mary@gmail.com
Website: http://www.bracebridgecommunitychurch.com
We, as a Salvation Army church, are beginning to collect milk bags and would like to be listed as a drop off site on your website to further spread the news to our community. I am the contact person for sorting the milk bags. While we do not yet have a weaving group planned, we hope to begin one in the future and will keep you updated when we do.

Brantford

Harmony United Church ( the merry mat makers)
268 Marlborough Street – Brantford ON N3S 4T5
The merry mat makers meet every Wednesday 9:15 AM- 12:00 Noon  Please note do not drop off bags or mats!

Hanover 

Holy Family Church 352 10th Ave, Hanover, ON N4N 2N6
Phone: (519) 364-1973 Call to find out when they meet.

London

Carling Heights Optimist Community Centre 6565 Elizabeth St London ON N5Y 6L3                                                                      https://www.london.ca/residents/Recreation/Community-Centres/Pages/Carling-Heights-Optimist-Community-Centre.aspx

Oakville  Faith Baptist Church
1415 Trafalgar Rd,- Oakville, ON L6H 4R7  – 905-  0938
Contact:: http://• office@faithoakville.ca  

Ottawa Region (click here for updates)

Upcoming Workshops – Everyone Welcome  (Free)

Nepean  Court at Barrhaven Retirement home 1111 Longfields Dr, Nepean, ON K2J 5A9

Meets every 2nd and 4th Monday of the month (1-3pm).Informal gathering.to crochet mats.  Everyone of  all ages welcome to join in the fun.
Contact person: Christina Thiele (cthiele@ncf.ca).
For more information, see her blog: http://www.chinterests.wordpress.com.

Orleans –  Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints 6255 Cumorah Drive.  

10am-noon Usually the 1st or 2nd Thursday of the month from 10:00 am to 12:00pm but dates/times may change, please email for confirmation or check facebook   Danielle at dduvalconway@gmail.com  or https://www.facebook.com/groups/HelpingHandsOttawaEast/  Everyone welcome including children!  

Carling/Woodroffe – TBD  207 Woodroffe Ave at Woodroffe United Church in the Friendship Room. Note there will be no workshops over the summer.  All are welcome

Carleton Place  contact Rhoda Admin

Arnprior  contact Daphne

Renfrew contact for details

Winchester  contact for details  

Toronto Christie Gardens Retirement Home  600 Melita Crescent  Toronto ON M6G 3Z4

Normally they have the  milk bag get together on a Wednesday at 2:30pm- twice a month. However this sometimes changes. Just go the website : www.christiegardens.org , then pick New & Events, then Calendars & Newsletters ( Suites Calendar) . You may call Kate or send her an e mail.

Rexdale Alliance Church, 2459 Islington Ave, Toronto, ON

St Gabriel Church  670 Sheppard Avenue E. – North York, ON M2K 1B7

Leader: Sharon Gusz at sharongusz@gmail.com .Once a month Wednesday afternoon

Wood Green Community Care East York Seniors Centre-  (Coxwell & O’Connor)
Leader: Cory Willis at cwillis@woodgreen.org .
Mondays 2-3:30PM   Wednesdays 1-3:30PM

Owen Sound  Owen Sound Library  824 1st Ave W, Owen Sound, ON N4K 4K4

Come and join the group in the boardroom. They start at 6:30 and are cleaned up and out for when the Library closes at 9pm. Wednesday dates for 2019:  March 13,  April 10,  May 8,  June 12,  July 10, August 14, September 11, October 9. November 13, December 11. for more information click on the link  http://helpinghandscraftclub.weebly.com/ )

 Walkerton Sacred Heart Church  21 Victoria St, Walkerton, ON N0G 2V0        

You can phone to find out when their group is meeting.Phone: (519) 881-0692 

 Wasaga
Wasaga Beach Community Presbyterian Church  208 Mosely Street Wasaga Beach, ON L9Z 2K1
Check the newsletter: :http://wasagapresbyterian.ca/newsletterand-other-news/

 Whitby
St Marks United Church – 201 Centre St S, Whitby, ON L1N 4V7  905-668-3091
An active community group who meets Wednesdays from 1-3 PM. They have 2 looms set up so that everyone is welcome to come and give it a try.
This church also collects many items, click here to find out !

BAGS DROP OFF- must be flattened and boxed ( 500-800 per box)

Ancaster
 Hamilton District Christian High School - 92 Glancaster Rd Ancaster, ON L9G  3K9  905-648-6655
  http://hdch.org/2015/09/29/teaching-hope/

Bradford                                                                                                                                Holland Gardens Retirement Residence 552 Holland Street West, Bradford, ON  L3Z 4H3 

Julianna Pizzurro – Life Enrichment Manager                                                   LEM.HG@verveseniorliving.com

Brampton
 St Brigid Elementary School - 81 Torrance Woods  Brampton ,ON L6Y 2X4 
Please leave them at the entrance.

Burlington
405 Melores Dr., Burlington  L7L 4V3 (near Burloak and New ST.)
Leave the boxed bags on the porch.
                                                                                                                                                                                                             13 Jameson Drive, Dundas, ON L9H 5A1 (near Hwy 8 and Brock Rd.)
Fergus
  St Joseph Elementary School
   150 Strathallan St.-Fergus, ON, N1M 1A1  -519-  843-3810
  tgoodwin@wellingtoncdsb.ca

London
The Been Garden
796 Dundas Street, London,ON N5W2Z7
Tel: 519-452-6611

City of Markham
Thornhill Recycling Depot
5 Green Lane, Thornhill, ON L3T 7P7
Wednesday - 8 AM - 4 PM
 Thursday - 12 PM - 8 PM
 Saturday - 8 AM - 4 PM
 Sunday - 8 AM - 4 PM Textile Donations Only

Markham Village Depot 
6041 Highway 7 East, Markham, ON L3P 3A7
Monday - 8 AM - 4 PM
 Wednesday - 8 AM - 4 PM
 Thursday - 12 PM - 8 PM
 Friday - 8 AM - 4 PM
 Saturday - 8 AM - 4 PM

Niagara Area – Fort Erie
First Baptist Church, 165 Bertie St., Fort Erie ON L2A 3W9

Orleans

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Housekeeping rules:
1- When you drop off bags or mats please do so at the BACK RIGHT DOORS (if you are facing the back of the church). This door is the closest to where the mats are stored and they have an overhang that protects the items from getting wet.
2- make sure the mats are rolled and tied in two or three places with plastic looped chains. This greatly facilitates transportation.

Owen Sound   

The Helping Hands  Craft Clube  provides boxes for you to fill. Contact the club and request a collection box before dropping off any bags at any of the location below. Our email is helpinghandscraftclub@hotmail                                                                                                                                                            All Things T –  279 10th Street East Owen Sound    https://www.facebook.com/allthingst/
Hours: Sunday and Monday- Closed…Tuesday to Friday- 10am to 6pm…Saturday- 9am to 5pm

The Pet Feed Mill Owen Sound     https://www.facebook.com/ThePetFeedMill/
 Hours:
 Sunday- 11am to 3pm…Monday to Wednesday-  9am to 6pm…Thursday- 9am to 7pm…Friday- 9am to     8pm…Saturday- 9am to 5pm

Gardel Pet Shop
955 10th St. West Owen Sound
Hours: 
Monday to Thursday and Saturday 9am – 6pm  Friday 9am to 8pm  Sunday 11am to 5pm

Pickering  481 Broadgreen St, Pickering, ON L1W 3H6

Just leave them on the porch!

Seagrave & Port Perry

Seagrave United Church during normal operation, most Sundays from 8:30- 11:30 a.m., check our calendar at Calendar.html for other times.
Marlin Travel,
158 Casimir St. Port Perry. Drop box in the office
Taylor Residence,
10 Isabella Court, Seagrave. “blue bin at the front door”