Today is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. It is also the beginning of 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence.
You can read more about actions you can take during the 16 days. Click here.
For the third year, our club will participate in the Shoebox Project, which distributes gift boxes to local shelters and other agencies that are part of this project. Please bring your completed shoe boxes to our November General Meeting.
As always, there is no obligation to participate in this project. It is entirely voluntary and simply a way of supporting our community for those who wish to do so.
Thank you to Club members Margaret Bernardo and Jennifer Cooke who will pack and deliver the boxes directly to the Pregnancy Care Centre located at Bathurst St. and Sheppard Ave. Staff will distribute these gift boxes close to Christmas.
How to Prepare a Shoebox:
Decorate your empty Shoebox
- Please wrap the top and bottom of the Shoebox separately. Shoeboxes can’t be sealed shut. If you have trouble, watch a tutorial.
- Don’t have enough empty Shoeboxes lying around? Consider picking up decorative boxes from a dollar store or craft store.
- Please use standard sized Shoeboxes, not oversized boot boxes or child-sized boxes. We want everyone to receive a gift similar in size and value.
- Use good quality paper and avoid using bows and intricate ribbon. Boxes are usually stacked on top of one another.
Tip: Shoeboxes that come in two-pieces are much easier to wrap then the one-piece boxes with lids that fold over.
Fill your Shoebox
- Each Shoebox must be valued at approx. $50 – see suggested items below!
- Consider lining the Shoeboxes with tissue paper for a more polished, elegant look.
- Don’t overstuff your box; make sure the lid fits on properly and doesn’t pop off.
- Avoid including items that are overly delicate to avoid anything getting broken.
Tip: The high quality of our gifts is an important element that sets The Shoebox Project apart from other donations the shelters receive throughout the year. Select only items that you would like to receive as a gift or items that you might purchase for your mother or a close friend.
Suggested Items to Include:
- Something warm: socks, mitts, scarf, hat
- Something sweet: chocolate and candy (no nuts, not alcohol-filled)
- Cough drops, multivitamins
- Body or hand lotion, soaps, toothbrush, toothpaste, floss
- Brush, comb, shampoo, conditioner
- Nail polish, mascara, eye shadow, lipstick, lip balm
- Purse-sized kleenex, small cosmetic bag
- Gift cards (Tim Hortons, Shoppers, McDonalds, etc.) Please write the amount on the card or include the receipt
- Subway tokens and bus tickets
- Journals, colouring books and pencils, pens
- Anonymous supportive message
Please DO NOT include:
- Used goods or hotel samples
- Sized clothing (i.e. S, M, L, XL)
- Mouthwash or hand-sanitizers with alcohol
- Bubble bath or bath bombs; most shelters don’t have bathtubs
- Candles or books
- Foundations, concealers or perfume
- Razors or Feminine hygiene products
- Jumbo-sized containers
- Anything opened or not packaged
If you wish to contribute to this project, but don’t want to donate a complete Shoebox, please purchase items from the Suggested Items List that could be added to a box. Bring your items to the November meeting.
For further information go to the Shoebox Project website.
Due to last year’s success, our club is hosting a festive lunch again.
Cara Chisholm will entertain us following the buffet luncheon. Expect delicious food, beautiful music, and some lively singalongs.
Location: Donalda Club Free Parking MAP
11:30 Cocktails, 12 noon Buffet
To order tickets please contact our Social Convenor, Marie B. Members who have already paid for tickets may pick them up at the November general meeting.
“If you want to do something for the world, early education is important,” said our October speaker. She made her case by pointing out that “Without a good start it’s hard to make up the deficits.” In her view pre-school education should start at age two. She cited a Conference Board of Canada study, released recently, that found there is a return on investment of six dollars for every dollar spent on early education.
After her talk, Margaret generously contributed her honorarium to UWCNY’s scholarship fund, which was much appreciated.
With thanks to our Club Archivist