Last year at Christmas time I stumbled across a Facebook page called Project Shoebox. It was a community project, with women organising themselves to help women in shelters in their area by filling a shoebox with all of the toiletries that a woman might need when arriving without any belongings, at Christmas, at a shelter.
I immediately wanted to fill a shoebox and send it off, so I messaged the group and asked how to go about doing that. Unfortunately the Project was only running in parts of England and there wasn’t one in Wales where I live.
So I decided to set one up. I contacted Women’s charities in South Wales to see if they were in need of these things and they said that they desperately were. Next, I made a Facebook event and invited everyone I knew to donate. Then they invited people they knew and it spread and it spread until we ended up with enough shoeboxes to donate to 3 different women’s charities in Cardiff; Women’s Aid, BAWSO and Llamau.
The response in 2014 was inspiring. I think we all know that helping each other people out makes us feel a lot happier and more fulfilled than needless consumption and I was so proud of everyone that donated and volunteered last year. I know everyone walked away from the project with a happy little glow, aware that they had done something really kind for a stranger that really needed it.
So if you’d like to help with Project Shoebox Cardiff this year, please check out the details below
Lots of Love,
We will be manning a donation station at the inspireMe office in Cardiff Bay from Thursday 26th of November – Sunday 6th December.
Hours are: 5pm-8pm, Mon-Tues-Thurs-Fri and also 10am-4pm Saturday and 11-6pm on Sunday, just ring or text when you're outside so I can come and get you and your lovely donations!
Tel no: 07565 769 036
the address is:
inspireMe, Crichton House, 11-12 Mount Stuart Square, Cardiff CF10 5EE
LAST DAY FOR DONATIONS?
Sunday 6th December so we can sort, box and deliver in time for Christmas.
You can choose to donate individual items or make your very own shoebox gift. Feel free to get creative but here are some ideas:
The women's shelters have also told me that they are desperate for colouring books & pencils so feel free to add in any of these sorts of things for the children.
You can also choose to make, or donate things for, a baby box with things such as nappies, baby wipes, cotton buds, baby wash, small soft toys, etc.
Join the Facebook event for project shoebox here