Shoebox Project

2017 United Way Shoebox Project

Children, veterans, elderly, homeless and vulnerable populations in our area need your help.

United Way of San Antonio and Bexar County is mobilizing our community to provide personal care and basic need items to our most vulnerable residents.

March 6 – April 28 United Way of San Antonio and Bexar County will collect decorated shoeboxes filled with personal care and basic need items from individuals, families and organizations in our community. Everyday items most of us take for granted, like toothbrushes, soap, or a comb can make a big difference for someone living in poverty or experiencing homelessness. Believe it or not, some of the most important essentials people need can fit right inside of a shoebox.

Join our efforts to help those in need in our community. Donate a shoebox filled with the requested personal care and basic need items, purchase a pre-filled shoebox or volunteer today!

 

DONATE A PERSONAL CARE PACKAGE

Help create personal care packages by donating a decorated shoebox filled with personal care and basic-need items between March 6 and April 28. The shoeboxes will be redistributed to children, veterans, elderly, homeless and vulnerable population’s homeless in San Antonio and Bexar County. It’s easy to get started! Just follow the four simple steps outlined below.

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Step 1: Fill your Shoebox with the requested Personal Care and Basic Need Items

Step 2: Decorate your Shoebox

Step 3: Post your pictures of your shoeboxes to Social Media #ShoeboxUWSA

Step 4: Drop –off your Shoebox or have scheduled for Pick Up

Watch the How-To VIDEO here!

 

Want to do more? Volunteer your time to help us organize and build shoeboxes, help spread the word, host a collect drive, or purchase a prefilled shoebox for only $20.

Whether you decide to create your own personal shoebox or purchase a prefilled shoebox, you’ll be making a simple and meaningful donation that will make a real life difference to our community. Get started today!

 

GET STARTED

Step 1: Fill Your Shoebox with the Requested Personal Care & Basic Need Items

Grab an empty shoebox from your closet (or email us: shoeboxproject@unitedwaysatx.org to request shoeboxes. Thanks to San Antonio Shoes for donating 5000 shoeboxes for this project!) and fill it with the requested items listed below:

Hair comb/brush                                                                  Baby wipes

Shampoo                                                                                 Deodorant

Conditioner                                                                             Band Aids

Feminine Hygiene Products                                                Soap/body wash

Hand sanitizer                                                                        Lotion

Toothbrush and toothpaste

For companies or organizations that wish to participate in the Shoebox Project and setup a collection bin at your workplace, please fill out this form to let us know how many shoeboxes you plan to collect and donate. We’ll follow-up with you to schedule a time to drop-off the collection bin at your worksite.

We cannot accept: medicine, food, sewing kits, razors 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:

  1. Set a date and ask attendees to bring empty shoeboxes and needed items to the party. Use our customizable party flier to help spread the word.
  2. Start a donation drive with friends, family, or coworkers. Set up bins at certain locations for participants to collect items.
  3. Gather decorations, snacks and music to enjoy the party.
  4. 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: shoeboxproject@unitedwaysatx.org

 

Step 3.  Share pictures of your shoeboxes on Social Media

  1. “Like” us on Facebook and share your photos
  2. 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, April 21st.  Please allow at least 72 hours to confirm your pickup date.

FIND YOUR NEAREST DROP OFF LOCATION 

 

HELP SPREAD THE WORD

Help spread the word of the United Way Shoebox Project by utilizing the available fliers, posters and email signature block.

QUESTIONS?

For more information about United Way’s Shoebox Project please send an email to shoeboxproject@unitedwaysatx.org

Do you need Shoeboxes? Contact shoeboxproject@unitedwaysatx.org to request shoeboxes.

Does your organization want to adopt a non-profit partner agency for the Shoebox Project? If so contact shoeboxproject@unitedwaysatx.org to learn how to adopt an participating agency.

SPONSORS

United Way of San Antonio and Bexar County would like to thank our 2017 Sponsors and participating workplaces for making this project a success, we can’t do this without you!

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2017 Participating Workplaces:

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SWBC

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