The Shoebox Project for Women, supported by Dream, collects and distributes gift-filled Shoeboxes to women impacted by homelessness in communities across Canada and the US. Each Shoebox is filled with items valued at $50 that can reduce isolation and enhance self-worth.
For women who have been displaced from their homes and estranged from their families, holidays and special occasions can be a particularly challenging time. Often, women feel disconnected from society, forgotten and alone. Reducing the feelings of isolation and loneliness faced by women living in shelters is one of the most important outcomes of The Shoebox Project. 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.
For those giving gifts, The Shoebox Project is an opportunity to give back to someone in your community. This small gesture of kindness has an immediate and positive impact on the woman who receives it. The act of creating Shoeboxes tends to bring people together and works to give a human face to the broad issues of poverty and homelessness.
The largest and most popular Shoebox gift drive takes place during the holiday season, however as the charity grows, there are more and more ways to get involved year-round.
What People Are Saying
"Words simply cannot describe how your generous and caring support will make such a difference in the lives of the women during this difficult time in their lives... Your generosity and thoughtfulness will bring many, many smiles to the faces of the women during this holiday season."
— The Redwood Shelter, Toronto
"Often, due to the impact of (our clients') victimization, they do not have the funds nor inclination to focus upon themselves as women. Your Shoeboxes reminded them in a tangible way that they are still worthy of attention, nurturance and more than just the basics of existence. "
— Chris Eby, Muskoka Victim Services