Based on last year's generosity in Saskatoon, the Shoebox Project is hoping to collect more gifts this year to give to women who are homeless or facing homelessness.
The annual campaign collects shoeboxes they distribute to shelters and women's organizations across Canada. Last year, local coordinator Susan Dieleman says they were hoping to collect 175 shoeboxes, but thanks to workplace and school donations alongside individual gifts, they collected over 200, allowing them to distribute the gifts not just to Saskatoon but the surrounding area as well. If you plan on filling a shoebox yourself, Dieleman says they are looking for women's necessities, including soap, shampoo and socks, along with little luxuries for the holiday season and beyond, like nail polish, chocolate, gift cards and skin care products. Dieleman suggests tailoring the shoebox in your own unique way. You can drop off the shoeboxes at four different locations: Brainsport on 10th Street East, Homes by Dream South Kensington Sales Centre, Brighton Information Centre, and the Dream Head Office on 8th Street East just west of Preston Avenue. The collection deadline is December 8th.