Kawartha Lakes Shoebox Project helps homeless women in our community

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KAWARTHA LAKES- A group of local volunteers is getting ready to deliver gifts of “little luxuries” to local women in need.

Beginning on November 14th, The Shoebox Project for Shelters, Supported by Dream, is once again collecting donations for their Shoebox gift drive, benefitting local women who are homeless or at risk.

The idea is simple: pack a shoebox full gift items that would help any woman feel special, drop it off before December 18th and The Shoebox Project will deliver it to a local women’s shelter or community organization in time for the holidays.

Last year, the City of Kawartha Lakes Shoebox Project delivered hundreds of gifts to 3 local organizations.

A Place Called Home – Lindsay
Victoria’s Womens Shelter – Lindsay
Amy’s Next Step Housing – Fenelon Falls

In 2015, there were almost 2000 requests for financial assistance from those who are homeless or on the brink of homelessness in the City of Kawartha Lakes and there were more than 1000 households waiting for social or affordable housing in the City of Kawartha Lakes.

The Shoebox Project for Shelters, supported by Dream, collects and distributes gifts in the form of shoeboxes to women who are homeless or at high risk of homelessness. Each Shoebox is filled with items valued at 50 dollars that any can enhance self-esteem and reduce feelings of isolation for a woman in crisis.

Founded in 2011 by Caroline, Jessica, Katy and Vanessa Mulroney, The Shoebox Project now delivers over 36,000 gifts annually to hundreds of communities across North America.

Community members interested in donating a Shoebox or participating in other ways can visit http://www.shoeboxproject.com/kawartha.html