Step 1: Fill Your Shoebox with the Requested Personal Care & Basic Need Items
Grab an empty shoebox from your closet (or email us: firstname.lastname@example.org to request shoeboxes. Thanks to San Antonio Shoes for donating 6000 shoeboxes for this project!) and fill it with the requested items listed below:
- Hair comb/brush
- Feminine Hygiene Products
- Hand sanitizer
- Toothbrush and toothpaste
- Baby wipes
- Band Aids
- Soap/body wash
We cannot accept: medicine, food, sewing kits, razors, hotel toiletries or used or opened items.
Step 2: Decorate Your Shoebox
Have fun, be creative and decorate your shoebox with stickers, wrapping paper, greeting cards, fabric, ribbon or other items. Those who receive your shoebox will feel like they are receiving a special gift.
Interested in hosting a shoebox decorating party? It’s easy to do and fun! Just follow these steps:
- Set a date and ask attendees to bring empty shoeboxes and needed items to the party.
- Start a donation drive with friends, family, or coworkers. Set up bins at certain locations for participants to collect items.
- Gather decorations, snacks and music to enjoy the party.
- Have fun decorating and filling your shoeboxes together.
Make sure to wrap the lid and box separately so they can be opened for safety inspections.
Would you like a United Way of San Antonio and Bexar County representative, member nonprofit or beneficiary to speak at your event? Send an email to: email@example.com
Step 3. Share pictures of your shoeboxes on Social Media
- “Like” us on Facebook and share your photos
- “Tweet” us your photo to @unitedwaysa using the hashtag #ShoeboxUWSA
Step 4. Drop-off Your Shoebox or Have Them Picked Up
After you have decorated and filled your shoeboxes, drop them off at one of our participating drop-off locations.
If you collect more than 100 filled shoeboxes, we will come pick them up! Just fill out the form to schedule a pickup from your location. The last day to request pick up is Friday, October 23.
Please allow at least 72 hours to confirm your pickup date.