2013 United Way Shoebox Project
Although fortunate to live in an area with a stable economy, one that includes some of the wealthiest counties in the country, many of our neighbors are vulnerable and at risk of meeting their basic needs, including personal care products and emergency preparedness items.
Donate a Personal Care Package
Help create personal care packages by donating a decorated shoebox filled with basic need or emergency preparedness items between May 1 and June 30. The shoeboxes will be redistributed to disconnected youth, veterans and the homeless around the greater Washington region.
It's easy to participate! Just follow the four simple steps outlined below.
Step 1: Fill your Shoebox with Basic Need and Emergency Preparedness Items
Step 2: Decorate your Shoebox
Step 3: Submit a Picture of your Decorated Shoebox to Win Great Prizes
Step 4: Drop-off your Shoebox or have them Picked Up
United Way of the National Capital Area is a 501(c)(3) organization.
Whether you decide to create your own personal shoebox or purchase a prefilled shoebox, you’ll be making a simple and meaningful donation that will make a real life difference to our community. Get started today!
Grab an empty shoebox from your closet and fill it with a selection of items listed below.
|Travel size shampoo||Antibiotic ointment|
|Travel size soap||Tampons/Panty liners|
|Travel size lotion||Ziploc bags|
|Deodorant||Travel size water bottle|
|Travel size tissue packs||Small flash light (extra batteries)|
|Travel size baby wipes||Manual can opener|
|Travel size hand sanitizer||Rain poncho|
|Toothbrush and toothpaste||Hand towel|
|Lip balm||Warm socks|
For companies or organizations that wish to participate in the Shoebox Project and setup a collection bin at their workplace, please fill out the form to let us know how many shoeboxes you plan to collect and donate. We’ll follow-up with you to schedule a time to drop-off the collection bin at your worksite.
We cannot accept: medicine, food, sewing kits, used or opened items.
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.
Gather a large group of friends, family members or coworkers to help fill and decorate shoeboxes together. Download our customizable flier to help spread the word about your party.
Please make sure to wrap the lid and box separately so they can be opened for safety inspections.
Once your shoebox is decorated, send us a photo so you can be entered into our United Way Shoebox Project Decorating Contest! Prizes will be awarded to the top three best decorated shoeboxes.
- Sports enthusiast prize: Show the most team pride and you can win a Washington DC sports basket, which includes two tickets to a Nationals game.
- "Like" us on Facebook and submit your photo here, or
- Tweet us your photo to @UWNCA using the hashtag #shoebox.
Deadline to submit photos is June 30, 2013. Increase your chances and submit several different shoebox photos! Click here to view all of the amazing entries from last year.
After you have decorated and filled your shoeboxes, drop them off at one of our participating drop-off locations listed here.
If you collect more than 150 filled shoeboxes, we will come pick them up! Just fill out the form to schedule an Office Movers pickup from your location. The last day to request a pick up is Friday, June 21. Please allow at least 48 hours to confirm your date for pickup.
Volunteers will be needed throughout the months of May and June to help sort shoeboxes and materials, assist with quality control, assemble and decorate shoeboxes and help redistribute the boxes to the needy.
Click here to view the available dates, times and volunteer opportunities.
Help spread the word of the United Way Shoebox Project by utilizing the available fliers, posters and email signature block.
- Flier (PDF)
- Customizable Party Flier (DOCX)
- Thermometer Poster (PDF)
- Donation Bin Poster (PDF)
- Information Toolkit (PDF)
For more information about United Way's Shoebox Project please send an email to: email@example.com.
This year's shoebox donation drive is brought to you by:
The 2013 United Way Shoebox Project is made possible through the dedication and commitment of our valued partners and sponsors.