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Diabetes Canada suspends clothing collection, lays off staff temporarily

The agency relies on charitable clothing donations as a crucial source of revenue
Diabetes Canada bin
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National Diabetes Trust (NDT), the clothing and textile collection organization supporting Diabetes Canada has made the difficult but necessary decision to suspend its textile collection activities across Canada as part of its ongoing efforts to protect the health and safety of its valued donors, staff, partners and communities.  

Diabetes Canada says the pick-up of all textile donations from homes and donation bins across the country have stopped, effective immediately. 

As a result of the suspension of its services due to COVID-19, NDT will also temporarily lay off its employees. 

A return date to service is not known at this time.

"This is an extremely hard decision to make, but we have no other alternatives and this is an extraordinary time that we are all experiencingtogether," said Sean Shannon, President and CEO National Diabetes Trust. "Our staff are like family. This is devastating. We are very concerned about the people with diabetes that we support, our employees, and their families during this difficult time. People living with diabetes and pre-diabetes, especially those with poor glycemic control have an increased risk for some infections. and your eventual return to our clothing collections are most appreciated."

Diabetes Canada is urging Canadians not to drop off items at its donation bins as they are unable to collect them at this time. For donors, updates about a return to service will be available at

Diabetes Canada relies on charitable clothing donations by Canadians as a crucial source of revenue that supports diabetes research, sends kids with Type 1 to camp and sustains its effort to end the fight against diabetes. Additionally, more than 100 million pounds of textiles are diverted from landfill annually.

With many Canadians at home practicing social distancing or self-isolating, Diabetes Canada encourages people to consider decluttering around their home and asks that they keep Diabetes Canada in mind when sorting items to donate and store those items until it is back in service.

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