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CBC Do Crew wraps up Montreal Shoebox Project

A team of mostly first-time Do Crew volunteers gathered last Saturday morning to spend a few hours putting together gift boxes for people they will never meet.

Do Crew prepares 600 shoeboxes for delivery to women living in shelters

Do Crew volunteers are among the team that assembled and wrapped 600 gift shoeboxes on Saturday morning. (Marilou Crisafi/CBC Communications)

A team of mostly first-time Do Crew volunteers gathered last Saturday morning to spend a few hours putting together gift boxes for people they will never meet. 

The Shoebox Project is all about sending positive vibes to women in shelters across the island. The gift boxes are a show of love and support for women who are often alone and may not otherwise receive anything over the holidays. 

Last year the Montreal charity put together 1,200 shoeboxes and delivered them to 28 women's shelters including Chez Doris, West Island Women's Shelter and La rue des femmes.

The mission takes months to arrange and I was so pleased to have the Do Crew come in with a burst of energy and good humour to help move things closer to the finish line. 

We were part of a team of volunteers who put together 600 boxes that morning. That was more than half the number the group hoped to have wrapped by the end of their full-day blitz. 

Thanks to Tom, Andrea, Anthony,Michele, Lyse, Judy, Susan, Marie-Rose, Lorraine and Helen. Not only for coming out but for making the day so much fun!