Holiday shoebox project collecting gifts for women in need

A project in the Bridge City is looking to encourage people to fill a shoebox with items that make women feel empowered and confident. This year, there is a focus on homeless Indigenous women.

Boxes of goodies will be donated to local shelters in the city

Items in the box range from mitts and scarves, to makeup and chocolates. (The Saskatoon Shoebox Project/Facebook)

A campaign in Saskatoon is looking to bring a little joy to those who can't afford to treat themselves this holiday season.

The Shoebox Project for Shelters is teaming up with Dream Development to encourage people to fill a shoebox with items that make women feel empowered and confident.

This year there will be a focus on getting the shoeboxes to Indigenous women in need.
Susan Dieleman, local project coordinator, says the boxes collected in Saskatoon will be donated to the YWCA, Mumford House, and Interval House. (Victoria Dinh, CBC)

"About 45 per cent of the homeless population in Saskatoon is actually Aboriginal," said Susan Dieleman, local coordinator of the project. "So I think there is a specific reason for us here in Saskatoon to be focusing on our energies in that direction." 

The group is also collecting donations for putting shoeboxes together to help support Aboriginal women in more remote locations in Canada, she added.

"Typically they'll be filled with some basic necessities as well as some little luxuries that women who are in need right now this time of year might appreciate but couldn't quite get for themselves," Dieleman explained.

She said items usually range from mitts and scarves, to makeup and chocolates.

The boxes collected in Saskatoon will be donated to local shelters which include the YWCA, Mumford House, and Interval House.

For more information on the campaign and how to get involved, click here.