You can help homeless and at-risk women in our community feel special this holiday season.
The Shoebox Project in Grey and Simcoe Counties is in the midst of its holiday drive which continues until December 13th.
Simcoe Grey Shoebox Project Coordinator Shannon Murree says boxes collected locally will be delivered to women in the shelter in Owen Sound and to other local organizations that support women in need.
The Shoebox Project was developed by four Toronto sisters who noticed children in shelters are often the recipients of holiday gift drives, but there was no such thing for their mothers.
The idea is to give the gift of some small luxuries to bring a smile to a woman's face, "A personal note as well is something that goes a long way. Small words of encouragement and support," says Murree.
To make a shoebox, wrap it in holiday paper (lid and bottom separately) and fill it with $50 worth of things like scarves, mittens, a hat or hand warmers. They say you can add bath products like lotion, bodywash, soap, shampoo, or sunscreen.
Other suggestions include makeup that will suit anyone, like lipstick, eyeshadow, chapstick or mascara (Foundations or powders may not suit their skin colour).
You can include gift cards for groceries, a coffee shop or the movies, or things to do like a journal, pens, coloured pencils or playing cards.
They also say a travel mug, reusable water bottle, or bus tickets are appreciated.
There is a list online of things to leave out of the shoe box including heavily scented items, alcohol, sized clothing, books, free samples, razors and candles.
The drive ends December 13th. You can drop off shoeboxes in Owen Sound at Bayshore Broadcasting at 270 9th St East in Owen Sound or in Collingwood at the 97.7 Max FM station on Highway 26 in Collingwood.