Pack a Shoebox

Packing a shoebox is a fun and easy way to get involved and spread joy this holiday season!

1. Fill a shoebox or shoebox-sized box with small gifts any woman would enjoy, a mix of practical and fun!

The contents of the box can include but are not limited to:

  • Body or hand lotion
  • Cosmetic products such as mascara, lipstick, nail polish (no foundation or concealer)
  • Nut-free chocolates, cookies, candies
  • Accessories such as scarf, hat, gloves
  • Perfume
  • Brush, comb
  • DART rail/bus pass
  • Notebook, pens
  • Planner, calendar
  • Gift card to stores such as McDonald's, Target, CVS, or Walmart (Please include receipt or indicate the value of the card.)
  • Necklace, bracelet, inexpensive jewelry
  • Reusable water bottle
  • Small bag or wallet
  • Sunglasses
  • Brand new sealed women's underwear or socks
  • Shampoo, conditioner, hairspray
  • Feminine products
  • Christmas card or quote

2. Decorate your shoebox. Make your box fun and festive by adding tissue paper, confetti, or even a nice drawing. It is not required, but you can also wrap your box in Christmas wrapping paper, as long as it will still open. We have to inspect all the boxes before distributing them to shelters, so please do not wrap your box shut. Once the boxes have been inspected, our team will wrap any boxes that were not already wrapped.

3. Drop off your box. Check our Locations page to find a place to drop off your box, and if none of those work for you, Contact us and we'll figure out a time for you to drop off your box to us.

Make an In-kind donation

We accept in-kind donations of items from our box contents list. To find out where you can drop off your donation, check our locations page. If you are making a very large donation, please contact us and we'll figure out a time for you to drop off your donation to us. If you are a business making a donation, we would love to feature your logo and website link on our sponsors page, or give you a shout-out on twitter and instagram, so make sure to contact us and we'll see what we can figure out!

Make a Financial Donation

The Gift of Joy Project is a non-profit organization and relies on donations to cover the costs of transporting the boxes and administrative fees. Fortunately, we do not require huge amounts of money to operate, so donations of any amount are very helpful! All donations are tax-deductible. If you are a business making a donation, please don't hesitate to contact us and we will be sure to feature you on our sponsors page.

Spread the Word

We hope that after making a shoebox, you'll want to tell all your friends about us! If you're on twitter or instagram, share a shot of your box with the hashtag #shoeboxjoy ! You can follow us on twitter or instagram @giftofjoyPROJ. If you're interested in coordinating the collection of boxes at your church, school, workplace, or group, please contact us and we'll give you all the info.