Project Shoebox caught my eye today; it’s such a great idea, and is going to make a huge difference to women and families in need.
Project Shoebox is a charitable community that re-homes unneeded toiletries and cosmetics to women and families in domestic violence refuges in the form of a shoebox-sized gift box.
- Women and their families arrive in refuges all across the country with only the clothes they are wearing. It’s a desperate measure to escape a violent home. No-one leaves everything behind unless they have to.
- It takes a while to sort out their finances (bank details can be used by ex-partners to track them down) so without access to funds they are entirely reliant on the support of others.
- This project aims to bring these women and their dependants an opportunity to feel a small uplift while in this highly challenging situation. Unwanted toiletries and cosmetics are collected from the community and then repacked into gift boxes to give to women living in refuges.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
Put together a box of toiletries: It’s easy to put a box together; you probably have lots of things in your own bathroom cabinet that are unused (I know I have!) Take a look at the list below, and then raid your cabinet!
You can always add a couple of extra bits when you next go shopping; there are always lots of 3 for 2 offers at places like Boots and Superdrug; why not donate the “free” item? Or perhaps add something extra to your next Avon order and add that to your box?
There is plenty more information available on the Facebook page – visit https://www.facebook.com/ShoeboxGiving . Like and share, of course! Spread the word for this great cause. There are more than 40 collection points for Project Shoebox throughout the UK, or you can also post to any of the below addresses:
88 Sunnybank, Hull, HU3 1LF
c/o Shabby & Wacky
413 Rocky Ln, Birmingham B42 1NL
c/o Sharon Osbourne
15, Finsbury Circus, Eldon St, London EC2M 7EB
Donate funds: You can donate much needed cash here: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/project-shoebox-2015
Project Shoebox works as part of Bromley Women’s Aid, a Charity registered in England, Charity No. 1068007, to meet the standards for safety and protection