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The Shoebox Project

About this event :

Walden Circle Retirement Community is a proud participant in the 2019 Holiday Drive for Mississauga (The Shoebox Project) and a drop-off location.

The Shoebox Project for Shelters collects and distributes gifts in the form of Shoeboxes to women who are homeless or at-risk of homelessness in communities across Canada.

For women who have been displaced from their homes and estranged from their families, the holiday can be a particularly challenging time. A Shoebox gift is a powerful reminder for a woman that she has not been forgotten and that she remains a valued and respected member of her community.

Suggested items to include:

  • Something warm: socks, mitts, scarf, hat, hand warmers
  • Helpful items for warmer months: sunscreen, reusable water bottle
  • 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
  • Shower shoes, soap & toothbrush holder
  • 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