This is a Lenten Outreach Opportunity that starts on Ash Wednesday (February 14) and ends on Palm Sunday (March 24) each year. The shoeboxes are donated to various Outreach Organizations, including the Franciscan Outreach and Housing Forward.
The purpose is to fill a shoebox or a comparable-size container (you provide the container) with a variety of the following suggested items to be given to an Outreach Association: Tube Socks – Hotel Size Soap and Shampoo – Kleenex (small packages) – Brush and/or Comb – Plastic Rain Poncho – Deodorant – Wash/Face Cloth – Small Towel – Toothbrush / Toothpaste – Razor – Baby Powder – Hand Lotion – Hand Sanitizer – Other Small Items – Gift Card from McDonald’s, Burger King, etc. (not to exceed $10.00)
Please be sure to include these two items: Word Search or Crossword Puzzle Book (with Pen or Pencil) and some wrapped Easter candy.
When a shoebox is filled, you can decorate it (if you choose to do so) or just put a rubber band around it. Be sure to mark the box either “Man” or “Woman”. Place your shoebox in the designed box at the back of your church or on the back pews in the Gathering Space at St. Giles Church or drop it off at the St. Giles Parish Center. Then during Holy Week, all the Easter Sunrise Shoeboxes will be delivered to the outreach locations so that they can be distributed on Easter.
Thank you for caring and participating!! Know that your work of mercy will make a difference in someone’s life!!
For additional information or questions, please contact Barbara Schulz at 773-622-2121.