Volunteer York Region

York Region Shoebox Project

York Region Shoebox Project

The Shoebox Project for Shelters, supported by Dream, collects and distributes gifts in the form of Shoeboxes to women who are homeless or at-risk of 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 crisis.

Veronica Fazio
  1. Decorate your empty Shoebox
  2. Fill your Shoebox
  3. Write an Inspirational Message
  4. Drop it off
  5. Don’t forget to share!

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
  • Supportive message

Please do NOT Include:

  • Used goods and hotel samples are not the type of items to make someone feel special and loved
  • 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
  • Candles
  • Foundations or concealers should not be included because each person has a unique skin tone
  • Razors
  • Jumbo-sized containers
  • Books
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Anything opened or not packaged



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