The Shoebox Project charity was founded in Toronto over a decade ago and has since grown into a national organization that distributes thousands of shoeboxes to women and girls living in shelters across the country.
In 2018, the charity expanded to offer services in Sudbury where shoe boxes are given to those who have been moved from their homes.
Organizers say this program was put in place to put a smile on the face of women and girls who usually have nothing and no one to contact them during the holiday season.
“They can live in a shelter, they can be part of an outreach program, and this project was set up to give them a little bit of well-being to let them know that there are people in the area. community who care about them, ”said Jeanine Piché, local coordinator of the Shoebox Project Sudbury.
Organizers say each box contains $ 50 of essentials for women.
“Shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, toothbrush, toothpaste, Kleenex, maybe personal hygiene wipes, hats, mittens to keep them warm, socks dry. Basically we are trying to assume that these women have nothing, ”Piché said.
“So a little something will help them get through. “
The shoe boxes will be donated to six local organizations:
- North Health Sciences Rehabilitation Center
- Center Nouvelle Vie Cedar Place
- Nordic initiative for social action
- Action Sudbury Youth Center
- Voices for Women
- YWCA Geneva House
YWCA Genevra House staff say the women are given a shoebox when they first arrive at the shelter, and say it gives them a sense of hope.
“Receiving a gift like this from our community, from caring people, shows compassion and you don’t think about bringing hygiene products or hair products or even a pen with you when you are fleeing violence. Said Marlene Gorman, Executive Director of the YWCA. “So just to have these items as a gift when they walk into the shelter, they really feel like people care.”
The organizers of the Shoebox project say the need is greater than ever this year.
“With just 175 requests last year, this year more than 225 women have been displaced for some reason. We think Covid may have something to do with it, ”Piché said.
There are three drop-off points throughout the city:
Address: 1332 Kingsway, Sudbury, P3B 0A3
- Reliable maintenance products
Address: 346, rue Regent, Sudbury, P3C 4E1
- Beard’s Café-Bar and Bakery
Address: 587, rue Kathleen, Sudbury, P3C 2N4
Shoe boxes are collected until December 3.