I’m very lucky. I’ve had a pretty blessed life and this year, on Mother’s Day, I get to be with both my mom and my daughter. The women who utilize the services at My Sisters’ Place in London, Ontario are not nearly as lucky. The woman at My Sisters’ Place are homeless or at risk of being homeless due to mental illness, addiction, abuse, trauma, poverty, and more.
This year, The Shoebox Project of London is asking Londoners to fill shoeboxes with about $50 worth of useful personal and luxury items by May 3rd for the women of My Sisters’ Place. The Shoebox Project was started by the daughters of former Prime Minister Mulroney and is now in several cities in Canada. Suggested items for these shoeboxes are:
- bus tickets
- gift cards to coffee shops (which can offer a meal and a safe place to spend some time off the streets)
- makeup (no concealer or foundation)
- new socks, underwear, bras
- toothbrush, toothpaste, floss
- combs, brushes, hair accessories
- soap, body wash, shampoo
- reading glasses, books, magazines
- chocolates, cookies, candy (including a treat in the box that the women couldn’t normally afford themselves can be such a boost!)
Boxes can be dropped off at Trichilo’s Ristorante, The Grand Theatre, 225 Pall Mall St., or 10 Kensington Ave. The Shoebox Project organizers have set a goal of 300 shoeboxes.
UPDATE: Due to the generosity of Londoners, 667 shoeboxes were received and given to the women of My Sisters’ Place.