Toronto Charity The Shoebox Project for WOmen in Shelters Tips Nail Bar

The Shoebox Project for Women in Shelters

The Shoebox Project for women in shelters is a way to brighten the holiday season for women living in shelters. Shoe boxes are wrapped, filled with little luxuries that may not be affordable for some of these women to splurge on during difficult times. They are then delivered to women’s shelters across Canada.

Last year, TIPS NAIL BAR teamed up with The Shoebox Project and offered our storefront as a Shoebox drop-off location. With our generous clients, neighbourhood friends as well as new friends, we were able to collect more than 200 shoeboxes for women in shelters.

This year, we will also be participating in this wonderful initiative. We would love more of these women to know that they haven’t been forgotten and they are loved!

Watch this feel-good video below and then read on if you would like to help!

Would you like to create a Shoebox?

1. Decorate your empty shoebox
Wrap or decorate the lid and bottom separately so that it can be opened for inspection.

2. Fill your shoebox

Please DO

  • Wrap the lid and bottom of the shoebox separately
  • Include only new and unused items
  • Use a regular-sized shoebox
  • Remove the price tags
  • Include items that total about $50

What to Include:

Something warm: mitts, scarf, hat, socks, specialty teas
Something sweet: nut-free chocolate and candy (not alcohol-filled)
Body or hand lotion, soaps, toothbrush, toothpaste, floss
Brush, comb, shampoo, conditioner
Nail polish, mascara, eye shadow, lipstick
Purse-sized Kleenex, small cosmetic bag
Gift cards (Tim Horton’s, Shopper’s, etc.)PLEASE WRITE THE AMOUNT 
Subway tokens and bus tickets
Supportive message

What to Leave Out:

Used goods, Hotel Samples, Sized clothing (i.e. S, M, L, XL),
Mouthwash containing alcohol, Candles, Foundations, concealers,
Hand-sanitizers, Razors, Jumbo-sized containers,
Books other than self-help or inspirational, Anything opened or not packaged

3. Write an Inspirational Message
Women who receive a gift from The Shoebox Project are touched by the effort that goes into decorating the shoebox as well as the special cards, messages, and poems contained inside. Get creative and have fun!

4. Drop it OFF!
Tips Nail Bar is a drop location for The ShoeBox Project. Please be sure to drop off your shoebox before December the 10th, 2016 at Tips Nail Bar 848 Danforth Avenue (at Jones). If Tips isn’t a great location for you, don’t fret! There are plenty of drop locations around the city! Check the location page here.