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Shoebox Project Gives Hope to Women in Need

Updated Dec 14th, 2017


Shoebox Gift Gives a Homeless Woman More than Shampoo…



It Also Lets Her Know She is Not Alone Nor Forgotten


What is the Shoebox Project?

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 and the US.

Each Shoebox is filled with items valued at $50 that any woman will likely enjoy, but may not splurge on for herself in difficult times.


Why it matters…

For women who have been displaced from their homes and estranged from their families, the holidays 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.

The growing stash of shoeboxes at Madrona Massage in Sidney, BC – a Shoebox Depot

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. When a person makes the effort to assemble a gift for a woman living in a shelter, it brings to mind the challenges she may be facing and the many obstacles to overcome.


The holidays are often one of the loneliest times of the year for women experiencing homelessness. This year can be different for her. Join the Shoebox Project as the #JustGiveLove this holiday season.

A Shoebox is a powerful reminder that a woman in a shelter is valuable and not alone; someone in her community is thinking of her.

We can give her warmth, comfort, and confidence, by making a Shoebox gift just for her this year. Get involved in your community before it’s too late and make a Shoebox for a local woman in need of a little holiday cheer!

For further info…

For further details, including what to put in a shoebox and to find a depot location nearest you (in Canada), please visit the Shoebox Project website.

Please note, the shoeboxes need to be dropped off at depots by Dec 17th.

If you live in Sidney, BC…

Here is where you can drop your shoebox off:

Madrona Massage Therapy & Acupuncture
#2 – 2490 Beven Avenue, Sidney BC

Thank you!

Maryanne Pope is the author of A Widow’s Awakening, the playwright of Saviour and the screenwriter of God’s Country. Maryanne is the CEO of Pink Gazelle Productions and the Chair of the John Petropoulos Memorial Fund. If you would like to receive her weekly blog, please sign up here.



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2 thoughts on “Shoebox Project Gives Hope to Women in Need”

  1. Hi Maryanne! Great job on the Blog. So nice to have you on board this year. Thanks for all your kind work.

  2. Hi Brian! It’s great to BE on board the Shoebox Project this year!!

    I hope you have a wonderful holiday season 🙂

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