FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE –United Way of San Antonio and Bexar County has launched the 9th annual Shoebox Project today, a yearly campaign to provide shoeboxes full of basic necessities and essentials to people in need.
In total, our Impact and Nonprofit partners have requested more than 10,000 shoeboxes with daily essentials like toiletries, hand sanitizer, toothbrushes and more. Everyday items that most people take for granted are needed to help bring comfort and hope to those struggling in San Antonio.
“For everyone in our community experiencing challenges accessing running water or reliable shelter, hygiene can be a challenge,” said Jennifer Quintero, Director of Community Engagement for United Way of San Antonio and Bexar County. “This can negatively affect their mental health and put their physical well-being at risk. Basic comforts like the everyday toiletries included in each shoebox provide a helping hand to San Antonio’s children, veterans, elderly and houseless populations.”
We would like to extend our gratitude to 2023 Shoebox Project sponsor, Southwest Research Institute.
Donations open today and will be accepted until May 26. Both basic necessities individually or shoeboxes filled with supplies can be donated. Items needed include basic comforts like toothpaste, shampoo, baby wipes, deodorant, hand sanitizer, tampons, toothbrushes and more. For a full list of items accepted, please visit this link.
Last year, we gave out more than 7,000 shoeboxes and $175,000 worth of supplies that were distributed by 51 different local agencies to people facing difficult circumstances. Because of the growing challenges people in our community face, our goal is to deliver 10,000 shoeboxes full of daily essentials this year.
The public can donate directly to the Shoebox Project on uwsatx.org in several ways, including:
· On United Way’s website
· By texting SHOEBOXUWSA to 41444
· By dropping off supplies or shoeboxes full of supplies at United Way’s office at 700 S. Alamo Street or at the San Antonio Food Bank at 5200 Historic Old Hwy 90 W.
For graphics and images of volunteers assembling shoeboxes full of basic necessities, please check out our Shoebox Project 2023 press kit.
About United Way of San Antonio and Bexar County
United Way of San Antonio and Bexar County launched its first campaign in 1940 and has grown into the largest private investor in health and human services programs in San Antonio and Bexar County. United Way focuses on preparing children for school and life, helping students graduate and succeed, strengthening the well-being of individuals and families, and providing safety net services. United Way of San Antonio and Bexar County also operates the 2-1-1 Helpline, Mission United and fosters volunteerism through the Volunteer Center at United Way. Check our newsroom online for more United Way news.
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