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Entraide diabétique du Québec (EDQ) is a non-profit organization established by Diabetes Québec in 1994. EDQ is a public foundation recognized as a charitable organization duly registered with Revenue Canada (Registration No.: 137493987RR0001).

EDQ’s primary activity consists in collecting textiles and various other used items, which are then resold. All profits arising from this activity are donated to Diabetes Québec in support of its mission.

The EDQ coordinates all of its activities from its head office, which is located in Saint-Jérôme, on the premises of Diabetes Québec. Its operations are conducted through three branch offices in Québec. The Quebec City, Trois-Rivières and Saint-Jérôme centres handle pick-ups, which are carried out seven days a week in the municipalities they serve. The EDQ receives no government grants.

Over the years, the EDQ has carved out an enviable position in a formerly underdeveloped sector of activity. The gently used clothing and items it collects are sold through Village des Valeurs stores, with which the EDQ has enjoyed a special business relationship from the outset.

Items come, in part, from 250 donation bins. These are scattered throughout populated areas, allowing donors to easily drop off used clothing and other items themselves.

Furthermore, each branch has a team of telephone operators offering home pick-ups to potential donors. Some 25,000 calls are made daily. The EDQ also has a fleet of 14 trucks, picking up donations from people’s home, free of charge. Every day, throughout Québec, some 1,000 homes are visited.

The EDQ has close to 100 employees in Québec. Telephone operators, truck drivers, reception or administrative clerks — all EDQ employees are committed to optimizing operations in order to meet the organization’s objectives. In so doing, they help build EDQ’s enviable reputation in the recovery, reuse and recycling of residual materials.

Today, everyone is aware of the negative environmental impact of disposing of residual materials in landfill sites. The Environment Quality Act, which led to the adoption of the Québec residual materials management policy, has contributed to a significant change in consumer habits.

The EDQ is proud to participate in a recovery and reuse cycle that benefits all parties as well as the environment. By giving a second lease on life to many used items in good condition, the EDQ’s activities help keep more than 5,000 tons of textile materials and 1,500 tons of various items from landfill sites every year.  

The EDQ is a major partner in the pick-up of used clothing and other items. The cleanliness and condition of its facilities as well as the regularity of its services reflect professionalism and respect — values it exhibits in its dealings with donors and collaborators. For these reasons, more and more towns, companies, organizations and individuals support the EDQ’s activities.

You’d like to help? Here are 5 ways you can:

  • Donation bins

Entraide diabétique du Québec has some 250 donation bins located in a number of regions throughout Québec to collect your gently used clothing and various items in good condition.  For a list of the addresses where our bins are located, click here.

  • Truck pick-ups

Seven days a week, from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., our fleet of trucks crisscross Québec streets picking up your used clothing and items. Call us and our drivers will pick up your donations from your home. This service is provided free of charge. Click here for home pick-up.

  • Organize an event

Would you like to raise funds for a cause close to your heart? Are you part of a company that is a good corporate citizen? Do you favour the environment within your community? Click here to make a donation or learn more about services available to companies.

  • Accommodate a donation bin

Would your company be interested in having a donation bin on its property? Contact us at 450 553-8601. You can also contact us by email: administration@entraidediabetique.org.

  • Cash donations

Make an online donation to help Diabetes Québec carry out its mission. You can also contact its team at the following numbers:

Montreal : 514 259-3422 poste 227

Outside: 1 800 361-3504 poste 227

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