The Shoebox Project
Written On November 17, 2017
Once again, we will be supporting The Shoebox Project for Shelters, helping women in need who are homeless or at-risk of homelessness in our communities. Founded in 2011 by four sisters-in-laws, this initiative has grown across the country and reminds women that they are loved, supported and valued. A small gesture can make a big difference; the shoe boxes that we fill, collect and gift have a tremendous impact on the women who receive them.
We invite you to join us!
It’s easy to participate. We encourage everyone to fill a shoebox with approximately $50 worth of little luxuries and include a card with a personal and inspiring message. Once complete, you can drop off the box at our office: 1391 Bayview Ave, East York, ON M4G 3A6. We will be accepting donations until December 8th. Here are some ideas of what to include in your shoebox:
Items to include:
- Something warm: socks, mitts, scarf, hat, hand warmers
- Something sweet: nut-free chocolate and candy (not alcohol-filled)
- Body or hand lotion, soaps, toothbrush, toothpaste, floss
- Brush, comb, shampoo, conditioner
- Nail polish, mascara, eye shadow, lipstick, lip balm
- Purse-sized Kleenex, small cosmetic bag
- Gift cards (Tim Hortons, Shoppers, McDonalds, etc.)
- Please write the amount on the card or include the receipt
- Subway tokens and bus tickets
- Journals, colouring books, pens, coloured pencils
- Supportive message
Please do not include:
- Used goods and hotel samples
- Sized clothing (i.e. S, M, L, XL) should not be included because beautiful women come in all different sizes
- Mouthwash or hand-sanitizers containing alcohol
- Bubble bath or bath bombs, as most shelters do not have bathtubs
- Foundations or concealers should not be included because each person has a unique skin tone
- Jumbo-sized containers
- Feminine hygiene products
- Anything opened or not packaged
Share your box on social media with #JustGiveLove – don’t forget to tag us and The Shoebox Project! You can view boxes from others in the community as well. Read more about the initiative at: www.shoeboxproject.com
“The Shoebox Project is not just about giving presents. These gifts are made with love, and act as a powerful message to a woman in need that says, ‘someone in your community believes that you’re beautiful, that you’re important, and that you deserve to be happy’.” – Caroline Mulroney Lapham, Co-Founder
Images from www.shoeboxproject.com
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