Support needed for women experiencing homelessness: Shoebox Project

By Lindsay Advocate

Local resident Kerri Murphy is seeking support from the Kawartha Lakes Community in her efforts to reduce the feelings of isolation faced by women who are impacted by homelessness this holiday season. 

Murphy is the volunteer local coordinator for the Kawartha Lakes chapter of The Shoebox Project for Women, a national charitable organization which collects and distributes gift-filled shoeboxes to local women impacted by homelessness.

Shoeboxes are valued at about $50 and must fit within a standard-sized shoebox. It is requested that an encouraging note be included in each box. It is important that the top and bottom of the shoebox are wrapped separately to allow for inspection. A complete list of recommended items to include and leave out is outlined on the website. 

Gift card donations of $25 and $50 for use at local restaurants, grocery/drug stores and local small businesses are also an option. Drop off shoeboxes and/or gift cards before Dec. 15 with an encouraging note to either Cathy Allan Ladieswear, Lindsay, Paradiso Boutique, Bobcaygeon, or The Kawartha Store, Fenelon Falls. 

Cheques addressed to “The Shoebox Project for Women – City of Kawartha Lakes” will also be accepted at any of the retail locations listed above. Cash donations not accepted. 

Recipient agencies of shoeboxes and gift cards have expanded this year to include Women’s Resources, A Place Called Home, Fourcast Addiction Services, Kawartha Lakes Food Source.

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