The Shoebox Project for Women in Shelters was founded in 2011 by the Mulroney Sisters in Toronto Ontario. In their first year they had over 500 shoeboxes donated To shelters. Discovering that some women have never experienced something as wonderful as this, that it continued to grow and expand nationally bringing on many coordinators across Canada.
They have campaigns that also target Valentines & Mother’s Day. They have a curriculum on homelessness that teachers can offer in schools, that will invite schools in learning more about this community issue, while having boxes donated that will go to meet the needs of women in shelters in their local areas. The beautiful part of being a part of this lovely project is knowing that women in shelters won’t be left out this Christmas. Not knowing their personal stories we do know that when they receive a gift their anxiety levels lessen and their sense of love to community expands.
Since becoming the Coordinator 3 years ago we have expanded locally to meet the needs of women in Nanaimo, Parksville, Saltspring Island and Duncan. We support the Nanaimo Women’s Resource Center, Haven Society, Samaritan’s House, Island Women Against Violence (Saltspring Island) and Somenos House. Our TARGET GOAL this year is 250. The drop off locations will be listed on our website by visiting Shoebox Project for Women in Shelters Nanaimo/Area. This year’s campaign will start on October 15 and finishing on December 20, 2018 so we will have the boxes delivered well before the holidays begin. Look for more postings on our facebook page and here!