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Collecting Shoeboxes of Love for Jacksonville's homeless

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Share the holiday spirit by donating personal care items for homeless men and women in our community. During November, City Rescue Mission and WJXT Channel 4 are collecting shoeboxes filled with hygiene items.

The Shoeboxes of Love project is for individuals or groups who want to make a boxed toiletry kit for a homeless person that comes to the emergency shelter at New Life Inn. Please remember than most of these people carry their possessions in a backpack and larger items become heavy. 

Needed items are requested in these proportions:

70 percent of those who need assistance are men
28 percent are women
2 percent are children

Donors are asked to wrap the box with a blanket and indicate on each box whether it is for a man, a woman, or a child (boy or girl).

Contents of the boxes for men & women:

  • Blanket
  • Toothbrush, toothpaste, dental floss (no mouthwash due to alcohol content)
  • Shampoo/conditioner-small size    
  • Deodorant     
  • Large bath soap
  • Brush & Comb   
  • Shaving cream-small size
  • Disposable razors
  • Tissues    
  • Hand or body lotion-small size
  • Small Bible (NIV)
  • Mints
  • Socks 

Contents of boxes for children:

  • Children’s body wash or soap
  • Children’s shampoo
  • Children’s toothbrush & toothpaste
  • Tissues
  • Body lotion
  • Small toy or book

PRINTABLE:  Flyer with list of suggested items

Shoeboxes of Love may be dropped off at WJXT studios, 4 Broadcast Place or at City Rescue Mission, 426 S. McDuff Ave., through Dec. 19.