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Day of Action

United Way Day of Action is an invitation for people and organizations around the world to LIVE UNITED and take action to address a variety of challenges. It is a day that promotes the spirit and value of volunteerism and demonstrates the power of Living United.

Shoebox Project 2018                 

Every day times most of us take for granted, like toothbrushes, soap, or a comb can make a big difference for someone living in poverty or experiencing homelessness. Believe it or not, some of the most important essentials people need can fit right inside of a shoebox! That’s why the United Way of Douglas County is asking individuals, families, and organizations from around the region to bring us decorated shoeboxes filled with personal care and basic need items.
 

Finished shoeboxes will be distributed to The Willow, Family Promise, The Community Shelter, and The Children’s Shelter. Join our efforts to help those in need in our community!
 

Collection of shoeboxes will take place June 1- June 20. Redistribution will take place on June 21.

 

It’s easy to participate! Just follow the three simple steps outlined below.

STEP 1: FILL YOUR SHOEBOX WITH A SELECTION OF PERSONAL CARE AND BASIC NEED ITEMS SUCH AS:

·         Hair comb/brush

·         Hand sanitizer

·         Hand towel

·         Toothbrush and toothpaste

·         Full size shampoo

·         Adhesive bandages

·         Full size soap

·         Antibiotic ointment

·         Lotion

·         Lip balm

·         Deodorant

·         Tampons/Panty liners

·         Tissue packs

·         Warm socks

·         Baby wipes

·         Ziplock bags

We can only accept items on this list. Please no medicine, mouthwash, food, sewing kits, razors, or used/opened items.

Step 2: Decorate your Shoebox

Have fun! Be creative and decorate your shoebox with stickers, wrapping paper, greeting cards, fabric, ribbon or other items. Those who receive your shoebox will feel like they are receiving a special gift.
 

Step 3: Drop-off your Shoebox

Bring your shoebox to the United Way office, located at 2518 Ridge Court, Suite 200 in Lawrence, Kansas.

Want to help but short time? Monetary donations for this project will be accepted.

For more information, please contact volunteer@unitedwaydgco.org or 785-865-5030 x 301