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This article was published 9/11/2015 (1434 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.
Everyone enjoys opening a special gift and you can help brighten the holidays for women in shelters.
The Shoebox Project for Shelters, supported by Dream, collects and distributes gifts in the form of shoeboxes to women living in shelters across Canada. Over the 2014 holiday season, The Shoebox Project delivered gifts to over 17,000 women in 72 communities. They also collect and deliver hundreds of shoeboxes in honour of other occasions, like Mother’s Day and International Women’s Day.
Each shoebox is filled with items valued at $50 that a woman would enjoy, but would not splurge on for herself in difficult times.
Decorate a standard-sized empty shoebox or purchase a decorated box at Winners or a dollar store. Wrap or decorate the lid and bottom separately so that it can be opened for inspection.
Donors are asked to be mindful of possible allergens and not include products with nuts. Donors are also asked to not give razors, hotel samples, mouthwash containing alcohol, candles, hand sanitizers, foundations and books other than self-help or inspirational. Include only new and unused items and remove the price tags.
One of the drop-off locations is the Headingley Municipal Library (49 Alboro St.).
Local organizers inspect every box before sending it out to make sure that each shelter gets boxes that are within their restrictions. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on items to include and drop-off locations.