A shoebox full of love

30-Day Writing Challenge Day 6

I remember hearing about shoeboxes for the homeless a while ago. I think there was a project for Dans La Rue, which helps street kids in Montreal, but I’m not too sure.

I was pleasantly surprised to hear about The Shoebox Project for Shelters, supported by Dream, which since its start in Toronto in 2011 now includes Shoebox Projects across Canada and the United States that spread joy to women who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.

The idea behind The Shoebox Project for Shelters is to collect and distribute gifts in the form of shoeboxes to these marginalized women. People decorate a shoebox and fill it with different items valued at a total of $50 “that any woman will likely enjoy, but may not splurge on for herself in difficult times.”

To get involved

You can donate to the cause or volunteer, for instance, with an existing chapter in your area or even start a chapter of your own.

My high school classmate, Gail Brathwaite, sells makeup for Younique and is using 100 per cent of the proceeds from any sales she makes before November 11 to create shoeboxes for The Shoebox Project. Gail is also encouraging people to make and drop off their own shoeboxes and or drop off items before November 14 here in Montreal to help Gail fill shoeboxes.

To support Gail’s efforts to “give comfort, give confidence, give warmth,” visit her Shop for a Cause page on the Younique website.

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