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Deadline Quickly Approaching For Muskoka Shoebox Program

Posted: 2018-11-22 13:15:07 By: hbr

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The Muskoka Shoebox Project For Women is now in it’s fourth year, the goal for this year’s campaign is to generate 1000 Christmas gifts for women in transition or crisis our community.   These gifts are shoeboxes which are filled with little delights totalling $50.00 in value and always including “something sparkly, something yummy and something warm”.  These shoeboxes are all wrapped, topped with a bow and delivered to accredited agencies in Muskoka.  The hope of the Muskoka Shoebox Project is to give these recipients, all local women a reason to smile, ensuring they will have the luxury of opening a special gift this holiday season regardless of their situation. 

“One of the main objectives of The Shoebox Project is to connect people.  Living in a shelter or relying on social services can be extremely isolating, and many women feel like they’ve been forgotten by society. Receiving a beautifully decorated gift with a meaningful note inside can help a woman realize that she belongs to a caring community and that she is not alone.” – Jessica Mulroney, Co-Founder.

These gifts are distributed through the Salvation Army in Bracebridge, Gravenhurst and Huntsville, Muskoka Parry Sound Sexual Assault Services, Christine’s Place in Huntsville, Interval House in Bracebridge and Chrysalis in Huntsville, the Muskoka Women’s Advocacy Group, Muskoka Victim Services, YWCA Muskoka and the Living in Balance program spearheaded by the District of Muskoka.  This year the organizers have tried are working to ensure they reach all of Muskoka and in addition are delivering a requested number of boxes to Muskoka based food banks and health hubs.

Businesses and individuals throughout Muskoka have been very generous and continue to embrace the Muskoka Shoebox project.  Support has come from business leaders, service organizations and retail merchants.  Individuals and groups have taken up the challenge and are filling boxes, including preschoolers, high school students, families, social groups and co workers.   For those donating and filling these boxes, the sentiment is that The Shoebox Project for Women is an opportunity to give back to someone in our community. It’s a small and personal gesture of kindness which results in an immediate and positive impact on the woman who receive them. The act of creating Shoeboxes tends to bring people together and works to give a human face to the broad issues of poverty and homelessness.  It is our mission to help women recognize that, no matter what the circumstance, they matter and remain worthy of kindness, dignity and respect.

But the Muskoka Shoebox Project has not met their objective yet.   Shoeboxes  filled with about $50 worth of something sparkly, something yummy and something warm can be dropped off at Royal LePage locations in Huntsville, Bracebridge, Gravenhurst, Bala and Port Carling; Becker Shoes in Huntsville and Bracebridge; Muskoka Natural Food Market in Bracebridge  and Hair Energy in Gravenhurst.   Gagnons Your Independent Grocers in Bracebridge is accepting Shoeboxes and donations to fill shoeboxes as well.

More information can be found on the Muskoka Shoebox Project Facebook page or their website shoeboxproject.com/muskoka, or email:  muskoka@shoeboxproject.com