CBC Montreal Do Crew: Getting organized for the Shoebox Project

CBC Montreal Do Crew to count, sort and unwrap items to prepare for assembly of shoebox gifts for women's shelters.

Volunteers needed to prep items to be included in shoeboxes

Shoebox gifts ready to be delivered (Submitted by Shoebox Project)

CBC Montreal's Do Crew is helping with the Shoebox Project again this year.

The Shoebox Project was founded in 2011 as a hands-on way to give back to the community.  

Two generations of Shoebox Project volunteers. (Submitted by Shoebox Project)
That year, they distributed 156 shoeboxes (filled with gifts) to 4 shelters in 1 community. The organization grew quickly, and in 2014, they delivered gifts to over 17,000 women using 270 shelters and outreach programs in 72 communities.

The shoeboxes provide recipients not only with the small necessities which they may otherwise not be able to afford but also with a sense of belonging, solidarity and sisterhood and hopefully help to restore their self-esteem.

Each shoebox contains new items that might be a bit of a luxury for a woman living in a shelter or on the street.  These may include:

  • something warm (mitts, scarf)
  • something sweet (chocolates, candies)
  • makeup (mascara, lipstick)
  • gift cards (Tim Horton's, Jean Coutu)
  • a supportive message
The Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness estimates that close to 30,000 Canadians are homeless on any given night.

More than half of them are women, thousands of whom have turned to shelters because of domestic violence or poverty.  

The CBC Montreal Do Crew was at the Shoebox Project last year to actually pack and wrap shoeboxes.  

This year, we will be going back in to help unwrap, sort and count items to be included in the shoeboxes, as well as get the assembly lines ready to go!

If you are interested in volunteering with the Do Crew, here is what you need to know:

WHAT:      The Shoebox Project rip n' strip/sort n' count

WHEN:      Sunday, November 22, 2015, 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. ** Please note the revised date.

WHERE:    49 Aberdeen Ave., Westmount, H3Y 3A5

WHO:        8 volunteers

If you want to join this month's Do Crew or you want to know more you can reach Jennifer Allen by email at jennifer.allen@cbc.ca.