Donate Shoeboxes of Love to help Jacksonville's homeless

News4Jax Positively Jax project for the holidays

By Tracy Gaffney - Community Service Director

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 in Jacksonville and WJXT Channel 4 are collecting shoeboxes filled with hygiene items until December 17..

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
 

Shoeboxes of Love may be dropped off at WJXT studios, 4 Broadcast Place; City Rescue Mission, 426 S. McDuff Ave.; or Fields Auto Group Dealerships in Jacksonville through Dec. 17.

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