Shoebox Project

2019 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 4 – April 26 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!

Download the 2019 Shoebox Project informational flyer HERE.


Help create personal care packages by donating a decorated shoebox filled with personal care and basic-need items between March 4 and April 26. 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.

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 at one of these locations or have scheduled for Pick Up

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. Volunteer registration will be available soon at

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!


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

Grab an empty shoebox from your closet (or email us: 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
  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Feminine Hygiene Products
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Baby wipes
  • Deodorant
  • Band Aids
  • Soap/body wash
  • Lotion

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.
  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:

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 19th.  Please allow at least 72 hours to confirm your pickup date.


For more information about United Way’s Shoebox Project please send an email to

Do you need Shoeboxes? Contact to request shoeboxes.

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


United Way of San Antonio and Bexar County would like to thank our 2018 Sponsors and participating workplaces for making this project a success, we can’t do this without you!

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