Want to give someone a real lift this holiday season? We love The Shoebox Project, which collects and distributes gift-filled shoeboxes to women impacted by homelessness in communities across Canada and the US. Each thoughtfully created and decorated shoebox is filled with items valued at $50 that can enhance self-esteem and reduce feelings of isolation for women in need.
The fun part comes in putting these boxes together. Here are some tips:
- Host a Shoebox Party. Get together with some buds to assemble shoeboxes filled with luxury items for women in need. Take photos of your beautiful boxes and post, using the hashtag #ShoeboxProject and #LoveWhoSheIs to spread the word!
- Decorate your empty shoebox. Wrap the top and bottom of the shoebox separately. Don’t have an empty shoebox lying around? Consider picking up decorative boxes from a dollar store or craft store. Use good-quality paper and avoid using bows or intricate ribbon, as boxes are usually stacked on top of one another and undergo some degree of wear and tear during transport.
- Fill your shoebox. Each shoebox must be valued at approximately $50. Choose items that you’d like to receive. Think mitts, nut-free chocolate, multivitamins, body or hand lotion, mascara, gift cards and journals. Don’t forget to include a little note of encouragement for your recipient! Consider lining the shoebox with tissue paper first for a more polished, elegant look.
Toronto’s annual Shoebox Project drive runs until December 14th, so you’ve got a couple weeks to assemble your box. Click here to find the drop-off location nearest you.