2015 United Way Shoebox Project

United Way of San Antonio and Bexar County is kicking off its first-ever Shoebox Project. Individuals and organizations throughout Bexar County are being asked to donate shoeboxes filled with toiletries, including toothbrushes, toothpaste, lotion, deodorant, soap, shaving cream, washcloths, socks, etc., which will be distributed to 41 nonprofit partners serving local children, veterans, elderly, homeless and vulnerable populations.

The Shoebox Project will run from April 1 to June 1, 2015, and United Way is seeking the public’s help to create 5,000 personal care packages by donating decorated shoeboxes filled with basic-need or emergency-preparedness items. Interested Shoebox Project supporters also have the option to purchase a pre-filled shoebox for $25 or TEXT “ShoeboxUWSA” to 41444.

Thanks to the generosity of San Antonio Shoemakers and T.J. Maxx, empty shoeboxes can be requested from United Way by contacting shoeboxproject@unitedwaysatx.org. Drop off locations include United Way, San Antonio Food Bank, SAMMinistries Donation Station, Haven for Hope, Antioch Missionary Baptist Church, and Christian Assistance Ministry (CAM). For individuals, groups or corporate volunteer teams collecting more than 150 shoeboxes, United Way will schedule a pickup from your location.

Once a shoebox is decorated, participants can submit a photo to be entered into the United Way Shoebox Project Decorating Contest. Prizes will be awarded to the top three best decorated boxes. To enter, shoebox designers can “Like” United Way on Facebook and Instagram, or Tweet a photo to @UnitedWaySA using the hashtag #UWSAShoebox2015.

The shoeboxes will be delivered on Saturday, June 20, 2015, to coincide with United Way Day of Action when communities around the world come together to harness the volunteer spirit and improve the conditions in which they live. For many in our community, basic comforts such as washcloth, body soap, band aids, and other personal care items are a luxury.

The United Way Shoebox Project is a way to provide essential care products to those in need so they can feel better and live better. The decorated shoebox lids should be removable for safety inspections. United Way volunteers will conduct a thorough quality control process. To volunteer to help with the Shoebox Project, please visit: www.volunteersanantonio.org.

The 2015 United Way Shoebox Project is made possible through the dedication and commitment of these community partners and sponsors: Antioch Missionary Baptist Church, Christian Assistance Ministry (CAM), Continental Floral, Haven for Hope, SAMMinistries-Overcoming Homelessness, SAS Shoemakers, San Antonio Food Bank, and T.J. Maxx.

For additional information about the project and guidelines on the items needed and accepted, please visit www.unitedwaysatx.org, email shoeboxproject@unitedwaysatx.org or call (210) 352-7077.