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About Us

Helping the Littlest in our Community

The Baby Depot relies on the strength of the community of Hamilton to recycle essential baby gear and match it to Hamilton families in need.

How we Work

We collect, recycle and distribute a year’s worth of gently used baby clothing and essential gear to families in need through our network of community partners.

Collect

We rely on the generous support of the community to donate new and gently-used clothing and essential baby gear (diapers, wipes, lotion, shampoo, baby wash, Vaseline and diaper cream) at our drop-off locations. 

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Recycle

All of our donated clothing and items are carefully inspected, sorted and washed at our storage facility by our Program Coordinator and dedicated volunteers.

Volunteer


Distribute

Our community partners request a hamper which is tailored for the family in need and delivered to our partner agencies to distribute to the family.

Agency Application


Our Impact this Year:

  • 110 Hours Volunteered
  • 5,250 Items Distributed
  • 6 Partner Agencies
  • 85 Babies Helped

Our Mission

The Baby Depot is a registered Canadian charity whose mission is to recycle clothing and essential baby gear and match it to Hamilton families in need.

Our Vision

Our vision is that all babies in Hamilton will begin their journey on this earth with clothing and essential items for daily life, regardless of their caregiver's financial situation.

Our Leadership

  • Stephanie Greenaway

    PROGRAM COORDINATOR

    Stephanie has been the Program Coordinator for The Baby Depot since 2018. While working as a case manager at an emergency shelter for women and children, she realized how great the need was for baby supplies in Hamilton. Stephanie's favorite part of her role is meeting the families we help and seeing how important The Baby Depot's work is first hand. Stephanie is a graduate in Psychology and a current Social Work student at McMaster University.

  • Maggie John

    DIRECTOR

    Maggie is the Founder and Director of The Baby Depot. Maggie saw the glaring need to help Hamilton's babies in need when another organization that was delivering baby hampers stopped functioning. In 2013, with the help of family and friends, Maggie started The Baby Depot out of her home. The first Christmas they helped 10 families and since then over 400 families have been served by The Baby Depot. What is Maggie's motivation to continue this mission? She says "We need to show our neighbours they are not alone- especially the littlest ones in our community".

  • Joanne Terry

    Board Member

  • Bob Leadley

    Board Member

History

Have you ever seen a need and wondered if anyone else was going to do something about it? That’s what happened to our Director, Maggie John. For years, Maggie supported a charity called Baby Showers by donating her son’s baby clothes, knowing they gave it to babies in need in Hamilton.

In 2013, when Maggie found out Baby Showers had closed its doors and was no longer helping families in need, she decided that she wanted to do something to help. With the support of her community and friends, she reached out to a local Social Worker that had worked with Baby Showers and was told there were 10 babies who could use assistance. On October 19, 2013, The Baby Depot was born and 10 babies in the Hamilton community were assisted. Today,The Baby Depot helps almost 100 babies a year by donating a year’s worth of clothing and essential items to babies in need living in the city of Hamilton.

Working closely with social agencies in the city, The Baby Depot receives referrals from midwives, case workers, social workers and support systems with the full commitment of helping the neediest babies in our city with clothing and essentials, but also the reassurance that there is a community of people who care.

Our vision is that all babies in Hamilton will begin their journey on this earth with clothing and essential items for daily life, regardless of their caregiver's financial situation.