2017 Holiday Drive for Manitoba
Ready to Present a Present of Love?
It’s Easy! Welcome to The Manitoba Shoebox Project!
It truly is an honour to play a small role in making someone feel special, and to show at-risk women in our communities that they are loved and cared about, and we simply could not accomplish our goal in doing this if it were not for all of you…the donors, volunteers, and sponsors. In 2016, our Manitoba Chapter collected 1,625 Shoebox gifts and distributed them to 41 organizations in 13 communities, and we’re now preparing for another busy year of giving again!
Please join us, and remember “A small gesture can make a BIG difference”!
If you have any questions, please email email@example.com
November 13 - December 9
Please bring your completed Shoebox gift to one of the following locations:
Thank You Winnipeg Blue Bomber Organization and our Amazing Supporters!
Although the October 6th home game did not turn out quite the way anyone wanted - at least
for Bomber fans! - we are so pleased to have had a chance to highlight our Chapter's work
through our promotion for our very-first- ever fundraiser, and of course on the impacting
organization that The Shoebox Project for Shelters is, in general. Thank you Mitch Thompson
and the Blue Bombers organization for the wonderful opportunity to collaborate on a
fundraising effort...we are very appreciative!
To our partner agencies as well, who took the time out to make sure our fundraising event was shared through their social media... Thank you, that truly meant a lot!
Thank You 2017 KYAC Participants and Facilitator Emma!
Once again, our local chapter was chosen as a benefactor by 8 students participating in the Rotary Leadership Circle Summer Program for 10 to 14 year-olds, hosted by the Kildonan Youth Activity Centre. Under the amazing guidance and leadership of teacher Emma Stefanchuk, each student completed 60 hours of leadership development and summer work activities, which included fundraising through a bake sale to purchase supplies and products needed to fill Shoeboxes for donations to several very deserving and valued women currently facing challenges in our community.
A whopping total of $262.00 was raised towards the endeavour, and in the end, 16 very beautiful and thoughtfully composed Shoeboxes were assembled! Additionally, there were 4 storage boxes filled with much appreciated items for the shelter inventory!
A BIG shout-out to Adam, Avery, Janessa, Othello, Paige, Rebecca, Sam, and Surina. “Thank you” for working so hard, and undertaking such an impacting and meaningful exercise…we are so honoured to be on the receiving end of your compassionate deeds! Please know you have brightened the spirits of oft-forgotten women in our society…we know how much your generosity has meant to them. All of you should be so very proud, not only of your achievements, but also for being such amazing examples to your peers!
For Many Reasons...
“Thank you” to Linda for caring, and taking the time - ’for many reasons’ - to assemble and provide five beautiful, and thoughtfully-composed gift Shoebox donations this summer. We are very grateful, and we know that Linda’s generosity has resulted in lifting the spirits of five very valued, and deserving women working through challenging times.
“Thank You” Shoppers Drug Mart - Vermillion Road
In collaboration with an in-store Beauty Bar event held in May, staff and customers enjoyed time together learning about new products, techniques and best of all – for us! – composing gift Shoeboxes for 10 deserving women currently receiving support in our community! With a very special “Thank You” to Pharmacist/Associate Owner Todd Derendorf, and gratitude to the wonderful Vermillion Road cosmetic staff associates: Amy, Krista, Ruby, and Gabriella...we are very appreciative of their collective efforts and assistance. And...of course, we are grateful to all of the customers who generously participated in this important event – your support means so much!
“Thank you” Eagles
With a big “Thank you” to The Fraternity Order of Eagles, Aerie #23 for inviting me to attend their meeting session on April 26th to present information, and engage in a Q&A with the members about our organization! We are so happy that Aerie #23 President Tom caught our attendance at a media event on TV, which sparked his interest! Also in attendance was the Manitoba Provincial Aerie President, Darryl. And of course…”Thank You”, Frank for arranging my participation…it was a pleasure to meet all of the gentlemen of Aerie #23!
Celebrating Volunteerism in Manitoba
A very special “Thank you” to The Manitoba Real Estate Association for awarding our own Eva Whitmore with the 2017 MREA Shelter Foundation Award at the 34th Annual Volunteer Awards Dinner held on April 25th. In recognition of Eva’s invaluable contributions to our Chapter, and selection, Brian Canart, Chair of the MREA Shelter Foundation delivered a wonderful and very fitting speech acknowledging Eva’s accomplishments. Joining Eva and me to celebrate her special award, were her very proud husband, Mark, and Chapter volunteer Bette Birss, who has played a very integral part in her own right to our organization.
We were also so pleased to see Millie Anderson, the Executive Director of our partner agency, Oyate Tipi Yape, and her own team of amazing volunteers in attendance. Millie attends the Volunteer Awards Dinner every year, but she shared that this year was very special because Eva was being recognized for her efforts, and Oyate Tipi Yape’s appreciation for Eva and our organization’s support that is very impacting. “Thank YOU” Millie…we know the incredible work that you and your volunteers undertake every day!
Volunteer Manitoba organized a most memorable evening, and we are very appreciative of their outstanding efforts! It was a joy!
In the News
New Budget – New Shoe(Boxes)!
April 11, 2017 was Budget Day for Manitoba, and Finance Minister Cameron Friesen chose to bypass the unique Canadian tradition of wearing new, or newly re-soled shoes to present the new financial strategy plan. Instead, Minister Friesen and each member of the PC Caucus honoured our local Chapter with 36 beautifully assembled, and thoughtful gift Shoeboxes at the Manitoba Legislature! In addition, Minister Friesen announced that the Legislature will serve as an official drop off location until April 30th for any other workplaces – or individuals - that care to take up his challenge of making Shoebox donations to our charitable initiative.
Thank you so much Minister Friesen and members of the PC Caucus for your caring and generous Shoebox donations, and most of all for shining a spotlight on The Shoebox Project for Shelters. Eva and I were so happy to be invited to attend, and participate in the event! We are thrilled, and grateful for this opportunity!
Our local government partnered with Shoppers Drug Mart and the Manitoba Real Estate Association (MREA) to unite, and make a clear statement that women in shelter, and those at-risk of homelessness in our communities far and wide, do matter, are valued, and are important members of our society. They are not forgotten.
On hand, representing Shoppers Drug Mart, was Ms. Marilyn Sidhu, Pharmacist/Owner of Shoppers Drug Mart, Dominion Centre. We would like to express our heart-felt thanks to Ms. Sidhu for her encouraging words of support for our organization, and for being part of a corporation that is always willing to lend a hand, right across the country. Product donations, special event drives, initiative promotion…we could go on! We are very appreciative!
Another very special acknowledgement was conveyed by Mr. Chris Pennycook, president of the MREA. Mr. Pennycook paid tribute to our own Chapter Founder, Eva Whitmore, by detailing many of the reasons why Eva was chosen as the 2017 MREA Shelter Foundation Award winner. This is a very special honour, and we are very grateful to the MREA for not only reinforcing the importance of the work that we do, but in particular, the achievements that Eva has accomplished over the last four years, and the impact her efforts have made on almost 7,000 women. Mr. Pennycook also personally issued a challenge to the Realtors of the MREA to donate Shoeboxes, and participate in our initiative. Thank you…we are so honoured!
We would also like to thank Minister Rochelle Squires for the lovely job she did as MC for the morning’s event…it was perfect!
And finally, I’d like to extend a personal note of appreciation to Alysia and Morgan for providing me with wonderful support and encouragement as I prepared for this very important event! Your professionalism and organization were amazing!
This truly was a very special event for Eva and me, and please know we are bolstered in the knowledge that you all care, and humbled to be chosen as your charity partner. “Thank you”!
I’d like to close with a quote from Minister Cameron Friesen…
“In our country's 150th year, it remains our hope that every Manitoban will take stock of their own ability to give to a charity or organization of their choice. Together we can make a precious difference in the life of someone less fortunate."
Homelessness in Manitoba
Thank You to our Sponsors & Partners!
Make a Shoebox
Each Shoebox is special and made unique with your personal touch. It's fun and rewarding and every Shoebox helps a woman experiencing homelessness remember that she is loved and valuable.
Become an Organizer
Making a Shoebox is a great activity to do with your friends, family, coworkers, or any other group of people in your life! Host a party and do something good. Every Shoebox counts!
Items or in-kind donations are gladly accepted and will be used to fill even more Shoeboxes. If your company would like to donate, please contact us.
Spread the Word
We need help to spread the word in your community. Please consider giving us a shout out or sharing what you're doing on social media. It really helps!