It’s time to turn an empty Shoebox into a beautiful gift! Are you looking for the perfect opportunity to give back to someone in your community?
The Shoebox Project for Shelters was founded in 2011 by four sisters-in-law, Caroline Mulroney Lapham, and Jessica, Katy and Vanessa Mulroney.
The Shoebox Project for Shelters collects and distributes gifts in the form of Shoeboxes to women who have been displaced from their homes and estranged from their families. The holidays can be a particularly challenging time. Often, women feel disconnected from society, forgotten and alone. Reducing the feelings of isolation and loneliness faced by women living in shelters is one of the most important outcomes of The Shoebox Project. A Shoebox gift is a powerful reminder for a woman that she has not been forgotten and that she remains a valued and respected member of her community within Canada and the US. Each Shoebox is filled with items valued at $50 that any woman will likely enjoy, but may not splurge on for herself during difficult times.
Here's how it works...
Suggested Items to Include:
Something warm: socks, mitts, scarf, hat, hand warmers
Something sweet: nut-free chocolate and candy (not alcohol-filled)
Cough drops, multivitamins
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
What to Leave Out:
Sized clothing (i.e. S, M, L, XL)
Mouthwash containing alcohol
Perfume ** (Check your local chapter for exceptions)
Razors** (Check your local chapter for exceptions)
Anything opened or not packaged
AbbyShot will be accepting Shoeboxes up until November 22nd.
Visit http://www.shoeboxproject.com for drop off locations and more information!