The Shoebox Project
To Monday 30 November 2020
The Shoebox Project Virtually On-Track to Deliver Gifts This Season Annual Shoebox collection suspended due to COVID-19, but charity still calling on supporters to help deliver holiday cheer and a sense of belonging to local women impacted by homelessness. The Haldimand Norfolk Brant Chapter of The Shoebox Project for Women officially launched this month, Local Coordinator, Kylie Vandendool, is determined not to let COVID-19 stop her from supporting local women, and believes the need has never been more urgent. In light of the heightened risk surrounding COVID-19, The Shoebox Project for Women has made the difficult decision to suspend their annual Shoebox collection across the country this holiday season. But local women impacted by homelessness, they say, need our support more than ever. “COVID-19 has created a range of unique vulnerabilities for people who are homeless and at risk of homelessness, and like any societal crisis, it has disproportionately affected women,” says Lesley Hendry, Executive Director. “We want women living in shelters to feel proud of their strength and resiliency during these difficult times, and to be reminded that they belong to a community that cares.” Supporters interested in donating a holiday gift directly to a local woman living in a shelter will have several opportunities to do so, including:
● making a financial donation to their local Shoebox Project chapter
● donating a gift card
● designing and curating a virtual gift on The Shoebox Project website.
Funds raised by the Haldimand Norfolk Brant Shoebox Project will be used to purchase gift cards, which will be safely distributed to local women’s shelters in lieu of Shoeboxes for the holiday season. Perhaps most importantly, donors are asked to include a message of support or a warm holiday greeting with their gift. The Shoebox Project believes that in a year defined by loneliness and isolation, these words of solidarity and affirmation could make the world of difference for someone spending their holidays in a shelter. Donors are also encouraged to share their messages on social media using the hashtag #VirtualShoebox, in hopes that others may find solace and strength in the kindness of strangers during these challenging days. Last year, the Haldimand Norfolk Brant Shoebox Project delivered 828 gift-filled Shoeboxes to local shelters and community outreach centres in support of local women at-risk of homelessness. Community members interested in donating a virtual Shoebox or donating in other ways can visit the Haldimand Norfolk Brant Shoebox Project website for more detailed information. About The Shoebox Project: The Shoebox Project for Women, supported by Dream, collects and distributes gift-filled Shoeboxes to women impacted by homelessness. Each Shoebox is filled with items valued at 50 dollars that can enhance self-worth and reduce isolation. The Shoebox Project now delivers over 64,000 gifts annually to hundreds of communities across Canada, the United States, and the United Kingdom.