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 thoughtfully created and decorated shoebox is filled with a total value of $50 or more that can enhance self-esteem and reduce feelings of isolation for women in crisis.

Please deliver filled boxes to Walden Circle Retirement, 1907 Lakeshore Rd W, Mississauga, ON L5J 1J6, in Clarkson Village by Friday, December 8th.

What to Include

Gift cards (i.e. Tim Horton’s, Wal-Mart, Subway, No Frills, Food Basics), mitts, hat, socks, chocolate (full-sized, no nuts), mascara, eye shadow, nail polish, eyeliner, lipstick, regular sized body or hand lotion, deodorant, tooth brush, toothpaste, floss, lip balm, brush, comb, hair elastics, hair clips, regular sized shampoo, conditioner, small cosmetic bag, small colouring book, coloured pencils.

What to Leave Out

Hotel/spa samples, used goods, clothing, mouthwash with alcohol, candles, razors, products that have passed their expiry date, Halloween candy, foundation, concealers, books, perfume and scented soaps.

For more details on the project and what to include in the box, email