Do Crew needs a shoe crew on Nov. 19

CBC Montreal's Do Crew is looking for volunteers to help out with the Shoebox Project again this year.

Shoebox Project needs help packing, wrapping boxes to distribute during the holiday season

This will be the CBC Do Crew's third year helping out with the Shoebox Project. Here's last year's crew with Debbi Jardine, the project's Montreal co-ordinator. (Johanna Tzountzouris/CBC Montreal )

CBC Montreal's Do Crew is looking for volunteers to help out with the Shoebox Project again this year.

Founded in 2011, the charity distributes shoe boxes filled with donated toiletries and other treats to women's shelters across Montreal during the holiday season. 

Each package is filled with items valued at $50 that any woman would enjoy but may not be able to splurge on for herself in difficult times.

The boxes provide recipients not only with the small necessities but also with a sense of belonging, solidarity and sisterhood. The goal is to help to restore each woman's self-esteem.

Each package is filled with items valued at $50 that a woman in difficulty may not have the means to splurge on. (CBC)

This will be the Do Crew's third year lending a hand to the Shoebox Project. We're looking for 15 volunteers to help unwrap, sort and count donated items, as well as pack and wrap the boxes to be handed out.

Last year, the Montreal chapter delivered 1,440 gift boxes to women living in 32 different shelters across the island.

Debbi Jardine, co-ordinator of the Montreal chapter of the Shoebox Project, says that the organization provides recipients with hope.

"This small gesture reassures them that they are indeed valued members of their community and that they are supported by the people around them," Jardine said.

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

  • ORGANIZATION: The Shoebox Project 
  • WHEN: Saturday, Nov. 19, 2016 from 12 - 3 p.m.
  • MAIN TASKS:  Packing shoeboxes with necessities and treats, then wrapping them 
  • WHO:  15 volunteers

To join this month's Do Crew or to find out more, contact CBC's Jennifer Allen by email.