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United Way Shoebox Project kicks off March 1

Newspaper office is drop-off site

United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta is preparing for the seventh annual Shoebox Project.

Each year, individuals and organizations throughout metro Atlanta donate shoe boxes filled with toiletries, including toothbrushes, toothpaste, lotion, deodorant, lip balm, etc., which are distributed to women and children at homeless shelters throughout the 13-county region United Way serves.

The campaign runs March 1 to May 1, and gifts will be delivered on Mother’s Day.

Last year, 18,000 shoe boxes were collected from a caring community.

Georgia ranks high among our nation’s percentage of homeless children. In metro Atlanta, homeless women and children represent the largest population of homeless residents.

Conservative estimates show that this group accounts for nearly one-third of our homeless population.

Ways to help

• Fill a shoe box, top and bottom wrapped separately, with a combination of new, unopened items from the list of needed items posted online at unitedwayatlanta.org/shoeboxproject.

• Add a note of encouragement inside to personalize the shoe box.

• Host a shoe box party and invite friends, colleagues, or neighbors to decorate and fill shoe boxes together.

• For more information, visit unitedwayatlanta.org/shoeboxproject.

After you wrap and fill your shoe boxes, drop them off at your area United Way office.

In Butts County, the office of the Jackson Progress-Argus newspaper, at 129 South Mulberry Street in Jackson, is serving as a drop-off location.

If you have more than 150 shoe boxes, United Way will schedule pickup of the boxes through FedEx as a courtesy. The last day to schedule a pickup is April 20.

For additional information about the United Way Shoebox Project, visit unitedwayatlanta.org/shoeboxproject or e-mail shoeboxproject@unitedwayatlanta.org. You may also call (404) 614-2911.