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Donate Shoeboxes of Love to help Jacksonville’s homeless

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Share the holiday spirit by donating personal care items for homeless men and women in our community. City Rescue Mission, Fields Auto Group Dealerships, Tire Outlet stores in Jacksonville, Turner Pest Control, and WJXT Channel 4 are collecting shoeboxes filled with hygiene items until December 13.

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 that 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 and women (travel size items):

  • 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: Drop off locations and suggested items

Shoeboxes of Love may be dropped off at WJXT studios, 4 Broadcast Place; City Rescue Mission, 426 S. McDuff Ave.; Fields Auto Group Dealerships, Tire Outlet stores in Jacksonville, or Turner Pest Control through Dec. 13.