The

Niagara & St. Catharines

(Pickering, Ajax, Whitby, Oshawa, Bowmanville, Port Perry)

Shoebox Project

l'Opération boîte à chaussures de la

Niagara & St. Catharines

Holiday Shoebox Drive Coming Soon

Our holiday season Shoebox drive is coming soon! Please check back soon for more information on how you can support women impacted by homelessness right here in our community.

Here's how you can help our Local Chapter right now:

100% of your donation will go toward purchasing gift cards and essentials for local women impacted by homelessness.

2022 Holiday Drive is here! Drive runs November 1st to December 3rd.

GOAL: 1,000 SHOEBOX GIFTS

Shoeboxes are back and we need your help. There is a request for over 1000 Shoebox gifts for women in need in Niagara this holiday. We have a variety of ways big and small that you can help women right here in your community.

Here's how you can help Shoebox Project Niagara right now:

100% of your donation will go toward purchasing gifs and essentials for Niagara women impacted or at risk of homelessness.

Shoebox Drop-off Locations (open November 1st to 30th)

CAA St. Catharines
76 Lake Street St. Catharines ON L2R 5X4

CAA Niagara Falls
6788 Thorold Stone Road Niagara Falls ON L2J 1B4

CAA Thorold
3271 Schmon Pkwy, Thorold ON L2V 4Y6

CAA Grimsby
155 Main Street East Grimsby ON L3M 1P2

CAA Welland
800 Niagara Street Welland ON L3C 5Z4

Events

  • All November: Buy a Charcuterie box in the month of November from CHZ PLZ and $2 will be donated to Shoebox Project Niagara
  • November 11th to 28th: Online Auction
  • December 3rd: Last call for shoebox drop-offs. Bring your shoebox gifts to Giant Shoe Creative Agency between 12pm - 2pm. Located at 45 James Street, St. Catharines.
  • December 10th: Shoebox Project is at the Ice Dogs Game, stop by and make a donation!

Click here to participate!

We need greeting cards and letters

Join us in writing letters! Every one of our gifts is accompanied with a letter of encouragement and support. You can make a difference with just one letter. Please contact us if you would like to send us an encouraging letter that will be given to a woman in our community that would really be touched to know you care.

We're Seeking Volunteers!

Social Media Coordinator
Develop, implement and manage your local  chapter’s social media plan across various platforms.
Read the full description

Age suitability: 18+

We're Seeking Volunteers!

Social Media Coordinator
Develop, implement and manage your local  chapter’s social media plan across various platforms.
Read the full description

Age suitability: 18+

Shoebox Inspection Support
Work closely with other volunteers to assist in ensuring that each Shoebox donated is inspected, sealed and ready for delivery.
Read the full description

Age suitability: 15+

We're Seeking Volunteers!

Social Media Coordinator
Develop, implement and manage your local  chapter’s social media plan across various platforms.
Read the full description

Age suitability: 18+

Marketing & Public Relations Coordinator
Build community awareness and support of The Shoebox Project mission, your local chapter & chapter goals through various community outlets means such as local event calendars, local news/media outlets, public officials, and local personalities.
Read the full description

Age suitability: 18+

Fundraising Coordinator
Help develop and implement new fundraising campaigns and events for your chapter goals and organize and coordinate fundraising initiatives with your fundraising support team.
Read the full description

Age suitability: 18+

We're Seeking Volunteers!

Shoebox Inspection Support
Work closely with other volunteers to assist in ensuring that each Shoebox donated is inspected, sealed and ready for delivery.
Read the full description

Age suitability: 15+

Driver - Shoebox Pickups & Deliveries
Assist with pick up and delivery of items throughout your chapter’s Shoebox drive as needed and delivery of shoeboxes to our shelter agency partners.
Read the full description

Age suitability: 18+

We're Seeking Volunteers!

Social Media Coordinator
Develop, implement and manage your local  chapter’s social media plan across various platforms.
Read the full description

Age suitability: 18+

Community Outreach Coordinator
Working closely with your local coordinator,  implement outreach opportunities for corporate/ school/ sponsorship/ community groups and individuals to raise awareness and get them involved in Shoebox Project initiatives.
Read the full description

Age suitability: 18+

We're Seeking Volunteers!

Marketing & Public Relations Coordinator
Build community awareness and support of The Shoebox Project mission, your local chapter & chapter goals through various community outlets means such as local event calendars, local news/media outlets, public officials, and local personalities.
Read the full description

Age suitability: 18+

Fundraising Coordinator
Help develop and implement new fundraising campaigns and events for your chapter goals and organize and coordinate fundraising initiatives with your fundraising support team.
Read the full description

Age suitability: 18+

Cette saison des fêtes, créez une Boîte à chaussures virtuelle​

Cette année, nous nous sommes tous sentis isolés, et en particulier les femmes dans les refuges. Remplir une Boîte à chaussures peut sembler différent cette année, mais son impact est le même.

Créez une Boîte à chaussures virtuelle et en quelques minutes, vous rappellerez à une femme touchée par l’itinérance qu’elle est appréciée et que quelqu’un se sent concerné par son bien-être.

2022 Holiday Drive is here! Drive runs November 1st to December 3rd.

GOAL: 1,000 SHOEBOX GIFTS

Shoeboxes are back and we need your help. There is a request for over 1000 Shoebox gifts for women in need in Niagara this holiday. We have a variety of ways big and small that you can help women right here in your community.

Here's how you can help Shoebox Project Niagara right now:

100% of your donation will go toward purchasing gifs and essentials for Niagara women impacted or at risk of homelessness.

Shoebox Drop-off Locations (open November 1st to 30th)

CAA St. Catharines
76 Lake Street St. Catharines ON L2R 5X4

CAA Niagara Falls
6788 Thorold Stone Road Niagara Falls ON L2J 1B4

CAA Thorold
3271 Schmon Pkwy, Thorold ON L2V 4Y6

CAA Grimsby
155 Main Street East Grimsby ON L3M 1P2

CAA Welland
800 Niagara Street Welland ON L3C 5Z4

Events

  • All November: Buy a Charcuterie box in the month of November from CHZ PLZ and $2 will be donated to Shoebox Project Niagara
  • November 11th to 28th: Online Auction
  • December 3rd: Last call for shoebox drop-offs. Bring your shoebox gifts to Giant Shoe Creative Agency between 12pm - 2pm. Located at 45 James Street, St. Catharines.
  • December 10th: Shoebox Project is at the Ice Dogs Game, stop by and make a donation!

Click here to participate!

We need greeting cards and letters

Join us in writing letters! Every one of our gifts is accompanied with a letter of encouragement and support. You can make a difference with just one letter. Please contact us if you would like to send us an encouraging letter that will be given to a woman in our community that would really be touched to know you care.

Les possibilités de bénévolat

Coordinateur du marketing et des relations publiques

Sensibilisez la communauté et soutenez la mission du projet Opération Boîte à chaussures, votre chapitre local et les objectifs de votre chapitre par le biais de divers moyens communautaires tels que les calendriers d'événements locaux, les médias locaux, les fonctionnaires et les personnalités locales.

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Exigence: 18+

Bénévole de soutien à la collecte de fonds

Aidez l'équipe à mettre en œuvre des initiatives de collecte de fonds en soutenant la logistique de divers événements et d'autres activités de levée de fonds.

Lire la description complète

Exigence: 15+

Previous Updates

We're Seeking Volunteers!

Driver - Shoebox Pickups & Deliveries
Assist with pick up and delivery of items throughout your chapter’s Shoebox drive as needed and delivery of shoeboxes to our shelter agency partners.
Read the full description

Age suitability: 18+

We're Seeking Volunteers!

Fundraising Support
Help the team implement fundraising initiatives by supporting various event logistics and other fundraising activities.
Read the full description

Age suitability: 15+

Community Outreach Coordinator
Working closely with your local coordinator,  implement outreach opportunities for corporate/ school/ sponsorship/ community groups and individuals to raise awareness and get them involved in Shoebox Project initiatives.
Read the full description

Age suitability: 18+

Volunteer Recruitment & Coordination
Help build your chapter’s volunteer team by recruiting, screening and onboarding volunteer positions needed. Facilitate communications, feedback and recognition to volunteer team members.
Read the full description

Age suitability: 18+

Shoebox Inspection Support
Work closely with other volunteers to assist in ensuring that each Shoebox donated is inspected, sealed and ready for delivery.
Read the full description

Age suitability: 15+

Note Card Writer
Creating personalized note cards for each Shoebox gift to ensure each recipient has a note of support along with her gift.
Read the full description

Age suitability: 9 - 99+

Driver - Shoebox Pickups & Deliveries
Assist with pick up and delivery of items throughout your chapter’s Shoebox drive as needed and delivery of shoeboxes to our shelter agency partners.
Read the full description

Age suitability: 18+

We're Seeking Volunteers!

Community Engagement Coordinator
Boots on the ground, you will be collaborating with your Local or Regional Coordinator and other Community Engagement Coordinators. You are responsible for coordinating the logistics of your local community Shoebox drives, inspections and distribution.
Read the full description

Age suitability: 18+

Fundraising Support
Help the team implement fundraising initiatives by supporting various event logistics and other fundraising activities.
Read the full description

Age suitability: 15+

Driver - Shoebox Pickups & Deliveries
Assist with pick up and delivery of items throughout your chapter’s Shoebox drive as needed and delivery of shoeboxes to our shelter agency partners.
Read the full description

Age suitability: 18+

We're Seeking Volunteers!

Social Media Coordinator
Develop, implement and manage your local  chapter’s social media plan across various platforms.
Read the full description

Age suitability: 18+

Community Outreach Coordinator
Working closely with your local coordinator,  implement outreach opportunities for corporate/ school/ sponsorship/ community groups and individuals to raise awareness and get them involved in Shoebox Project initiatives.
Read the full description

Age suitability: 18+

Fundraising Coordinator
Help develop and implement new fundraising campaigns and events for your chapter goals and organize and coordinate fundraising initiatives with your fundraising support team.
Read the full description

Age suitability: 18+

Shoebox Inspection Support
Work closely with other volunteers to assist in ensuring that each Shoebox donated is inspected, sealed and ready for delivery.
Read the full description

Age suitability: 15+

We're Seeking Volunteers!

Driver - Shoebox Pickups & Deliveries
Assist with pick up and delivery of items throughout your chapter’s Shoebox drive as needed and delivery of shoeboxes to our shelter agency partners.
Read the full description

Age suitability: 18+

We're Seeking Volunteers!

School Outreach Coordinator
Reach out to and form relationships with local primary, secondary & post-secondary schools/clubs to spread awareness and gain interest and support for your chapter goals. Help facilitate school Shoebox drives, item donation collection and notecard writing and for larger chapters lead school ambassador team in coordinating these school events.
Read the full description

Age suitability: 18+

Our Gifts Go to Women At the Following Agencies...

Les refuges ou nous livrons vos dons

Gillian's Place

YWCA

Abbey's House

Women's Place "Serenity" and "Nova"

Southridge Shelter

The Raft

Education Foundation of Niagara

Start Me Up Niagara

Community Care

Bethlehem Housing

ABC Program

Niagara Region Native Centre - Homeward Bound Program

Niagara Region Native Centre - Justice Outreach Program

Cope

Niagara Chapter of Native Women

Casa El Norte

Community Outreach Program Erie

Homelessness in

Niagara & St. Catharines

80%

At any one time, approximately 80% of residents living in Bethlehem transitional housing have been former victims of abuse.

6,016

There were 6,016 households on St. Catharines' affordable housing wait list as of December 31, 2013. Wait times range from 1.5 years to 10 years.

130%

There has been a 130% increase in homelessness in Niagara Region over the last 5 years.

In the News...

Dans L’actualité

The Standard

November 26, 2021

Care and compassion in a shoebox: Campaign helps Niagara women living in shelters over holidays

YourTV Niagara

November 20, 2020

Interview with Mike Balson and Jess Boulay

The Standard

November 15, 2020

Shoebox Project thinks outside the box

Niagara Falls Review

June 5, 2020

Humanity and love in a shoebox

The Standard

June 4, 2020

Shoebox gifts: A little thing that means a lot

St. Catharines

May 13, 2020

Community heroes celebrated with 2020 Volunteer Recognition Awards

Niagara This Week

December 4, 2019

Little boxes pack a lot of love for south Niagara women in need

Niagara Falls Review

November 18, 2019

Fill a shoebox and send some love this Christmas

The Standard

December 10, 2017

Care packages assembled for Christmas

Niagara This Week

November 6, 2017

Bringing little luxuries to women in need in St. Catharines

Niagara This Week

December 5, 2013

Shoeboxes a gesture of kindness

Niagara This Week

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Boxes to bring Christmas cheer

Testimonials

"The 2021 Holiday season has been the seventh year we have partnered with the Montreal Shoebox Project. This year in particular, with  the impact of Covid continuing, the shoebox ensured us a guaranteed gift for all the residents. They arrived early and were well organized by the Montreal Team, plus already wrapped. We had enough for our 28 residents, and everyone had items that covered their basic needs with a few extra treats. The impact it has on our residents is filled with appreciation and gratitude.  Since the items are things that are used everyday it allows for the residents to save this amount if they would have purchased it on their own.  The amount saved allows for an increase in their own personal budgets which is truly helpful during these expensive times. The gift cards to McDonalds this year have surely helped the residents break isolation and treat themselves together.

The Holiday season is extra special because we get gift boxes from the Montreal Shoebox Project. We thank you all so very much for the continous generosity, and ensuring all of our residents have a gift to unwrap each year. We hope to be able to have your support each year."

- J.W., Manager Client Services at a Montréal Shelter

"The women were very happy to find practical items, items they use on a daily basis. Some were so excited and overjoyed that they called the intervention workers by their side, smiling from ear to ear, showing the contents of the boxes.

All were very grateful to receive the boxes and touched that they had been thought of. The Holiday Season can be a sad time of the year and offering a present to the isolated/lonely can make a huge difference. I hope you know that you have made a difference in hundreds of women’s lives during the past holiday season."

- A. B., Communications and Volunteer Coordinator at a Montréal Shelter

"I would like to take this opportunity, on behalf of the ladies and families, to extend our thanks and gratitude for your support during the holiday season. Your donations were received with grand smiles and much joy. Oh the smiles they give you when they reached in and found the personal care products, mittens, hats and scarfs. It is encouraging to know that community can work together and share in such a loving way.  Thank you for your devotion and to making a difference."

- T.M., Outreach Worker at a Montréal Shelter

"Once again, this past holiday season, the women really enjoyed opening up their boxes to find all kinds much needed items. They were actually quite surprised as they really thought there would be no celebration in the context of the pandemic. So, this made the day that more special. The Shoeboxes are most definitely a big part of our celebration during the holidays!

A big thank you to everyone who participated. What a difference a Shoebox can make!"

- I. J.   Intervention Worker at a Montréal Shelter

"Your Shoeboxes are amazing, filled to the brim with all types of goodies and gift cards! It is so nice that everything is new too. A real box full of all kinds of surprises and treats that make the ladies feel so special. The gift cards are so nice too! The women get to pick something they like which is really important.

The ladies made comments such as "c'est du vrai bonheur ça!", "ah mon dieu...!", and "wow, c'est magnifique!"

Having all the Shoeboxes so beautifully wrapped created a lovely decorative element in our pavilion too. We used the wall full of wrapped Shoeboxes as an attractive backdrop for photographs. Your Shoeboxes are assembled with a lot of love and it shows!"

- C.R., Assistant to Director of Services at a Montréal Shelter

"I learned about the shoebox project on Social media and from the first time I got to meet with Lora from the Montreal chapter I knew we would build an amazing partnership and with her help and guidance a successful event. Having the opportunity to volunteer and to be able to help and support women was extra special.  We are looking forward to many more events."

- Sabrina C.

"I am extremely touched to know that there are awesome organizations that help women rise up and help them get back on their feet. We have all experienced hard days in our lives; and to me it’s extremely important to be able to help those in need especially women and kids. I hope this little box brings a smile to one amazing woman. Xoxo Dina"

- Dina Y.

"For me, this was an opportunity to give back to someone in my community. Someone who at this point in time is at their lowest and could use some basic necessities just to feel somewhat normal. A lot of us don’t know what it’s like to have nothing, and we take the things we have for granted. That’s why any chance we get to help people in our community, we should take it."

- Joseph N.

"Having the opportunity to participate in creating a shoe box was a great way to bring our district together and work towards a great cause. Creating this box reminded me that with kindness you have the ability to shape the world around you in whatever way you choose one box at a time. Besides this being a valuable contribution, it is an excellent exercise of self-observation and humbleness. Thank you for allowing us to spread love, kindness and respect to women in need within our community."

- Chris H-S.

"It meant a lot for us to participate in this shoebox drive because we love every occasion for women to support women!"

- Marissa Y.

Dans L’actualité

Testimonials

"The 2021 Holiday season has been the seventh year we have partnered with the Montreal Shoebox Project. This year in particular, with  the impact of Covid continuing, the shoebox ensured us a guaranteed gift for all the residents. They arrived early and were well organized by the Montreal Team, plus already wrapped. We had enough for our 28 residents, and everyone had items that covered their basic needs with a few extra treats. The impact it has on our residents is filled with appreciation and gratitude.  Since the items are things that are used everyday it allows for the residents to save this amount if they would have purchased it on their own.  The amount saved allows for an increase in their own personal budgets which is truly helpful during these expensive times. The gift cards to McDonalds this year have surely helped the residents break isolation and treat themselves together.

The Holiday season is extra special because we get gift boxes from the Montreal Shoebox Project. We thank you all so very much for the continous generosity, and ensuring all of our residents have a gift to unwrap each year. We hope to be able to have your support each year."

- J.W., Manager Client Services at a Montréal Shelter

"The women were very happy to find practical items, items they use on a daily basis. Some were so excited and overjoyed that they called the intervention workers by their side, smiling from ear to ear, showing the contents of the boxes.

All were very grateful to receive the boxes and touched that they had been thought of. The Holiday Season can be a sad time of the year and offering a present to the isolated/lonely can make a huge difference. I hope you know that you have made a difference in hundreds of women’s lives during the past holiday season."

- A. B., Communications and Volunteer Coordinator at a Montréal Shelter

"I would like to take this opportunity, on behalf of the ladies and families, to extend our thanks and gratitude for your support during the holiday season. Your donations were received with grand smiles and much joy. Oh the smiles they give you when they reached in and found the personal care products, mittens, hats and scarfs. It is encouraging to know that community can work together and share in such a loving way.  Thank you for your devotion and to making a difference."

- T.M., Outreach Worker at a Montréal Shelter

"Once again, this past holiday season, the women really enjoyed opening up their boxes to find all kinds much needed items. They were actually quite surprised as they really thought there would be no celebration in the context of the pandemic. So, this made the day that more special. The Shoeboxes are most definitely a big part of our celebration during the holidays!

A big thank you to everyone who participated. What a difference a Shoebox can make!"

- I. J.   Intervention Worker at a Montréal Shelter

"Your Shoeboxes are amazing, filled to the brim with all types of goodies and gift cards! It is so nice that everything is new too. A real box full of all kinds of surprises and treats that make the ladies feel so special. The gift cards are so nice too! The women get to pick something they like which is really important.

The ladies made comments such as "c'est du vrai bonheur ça!", "ah mon dieu...!", and "wow, c'est magnifique!"

Having all the Shoeboxes so beautifully wrapped created a lovely decorative element in our pavilion too. We used the wall full of wrapped Shoeboxes as an attractive backdrop for photographs. Your Shoeboxes are assembled with a lot of love and it shows!"

- C.R., Assistant to Director of Services at a Montréal Shelter

Témoignages

La générosité de Montreal Shoebox Project a permis d’embellir la vie de ces femmes qui viennent trouver refuge à notre Auberge pendant la période des Fêtes de Noel.La remise des cadeaux s’est déroulé le 24 décembre au soir. Organisées par nos intervenantes; cette fête et la remise des cadeaux  ainsi que le souper ont contribué à créer une ambiance de chaleur et de partage et donnent à ces femmes désireuses d’améliorer leur condition de vie l’occasion de célébrer avec joie.

Également, au cours de la semaine qui a suivi le Réveillon, plusieurs anciennes résidantes sont passées à l’Auberge M. et ont reçu une boite cadeaux Shoebox. Nous avons distribué au total 38 boites cadeaux, 26 boites cadeaux aux femmes hébergées et 12 autres aux anciennes résidantes qui bénéficient de nos services de soutien post-hébergement.

Toutes les femmes ont beaucoup appréciés les cadeaux et vous remercient pour votre générosité et solidarité!

Au nom de toute l’équipe, je vous remercie chaleureusement pour votre engagement et votre soutien envers toutes les femmes de l’Auberge chaque Noel!

Merci.

- A. F., Adjointe administrative pour un refuge pour femmes de Montréal

J'aimerais d'abord te remercier ainsi qu'à tous les donateurs et à toutes les personnes impliquées pour les boîtes à chaussures de Noël que nous avons distribuées pendant la période des Fêtes!

Ce fut énormément apprécié!  Les commentaires sont que positifs de la part de notre clientèle!  Elle trouvent que c'est un cadeau qui est complet, un peu de tout sans oublier une petite carte de souhait et des sucreries!  Un GROS MERCI du fond du cœur de la part de la clientèle!  Vous avez donné un peu de soleil dans leurs cœurs à toutes nos femmes pendant cette période difficile pour elles...!!!!

- P.G., Coordonnatrice des bénévoles pour un refuge pour femmes de Montréal

L'événement nous a permis de sensibiliser les membres de l'équipe à propos des besoins des autres et surtout cette activité nous a permis de découvrir une autre façon d’aider ceux dans le besoin. Merci.

- Natalia M.

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