5. Partnering with Homeless Connect
4. Holt Renfrew & Give from the Sole
3. Record Number of Shoeboxes and Partnering Organizations
In 2015, a record 24,500 women experiencing homelessness received a Shoebox reminding them they they are loved and valued by their community. In one woman's words:
"At Christmas this year, I received a Shoebox with lovely gifts, a hand-written card, and a letter that someone had taken the time to write. I know they were donated but the fact that I received one...touched me so very deeply that I cried in the car after crying in the wait room."
The generosity shared by countless volunteers and donors was timely and practical. Thank you for continuing to partner with us to brighten the day of many women who otherwise may feel forgotten during the holiday season.
2. New Chapters
2015 brought us wonderful new coordinators who setup successful Shoebox Project drives in their communities! Collectively they distributed over 1,600 Shoeboxes in 2015 to new partnering organizations! Click each picture to read more about their 2015 drives.
If that wasn’t enough, in Regina, Saskatoon and Calgary, Dream staff graciously took the lead and organized gift drives for the entire city; coordinating logistics with shelters, responding to inquiries from the public, engaging the media, making deliveries, and collecting Shoeboxes right up until the final hours. Thanks to Dream’s generosity and commitment, 740 women living in Calgary, Saskatoon and Regina shelters received a special gift for the holidays and were given the chance to “Love What’s Inside” during a difficult time.
Lesley Hendry - Executive Director