FTP clients among recipients of Shoebox Project for Shelters

December 14, 2016   ·   0 Comments

A number of women currently taking advantage of the services offered by Family Transition Place (FTP) in Orangeville will receive a special treat this Christmas as the service provider benefits from the charity Shoebox Project for Shelters.

Dufferin-Caledon MPP Sylvia Jones was on hand at FTP on Tuesday morning to drop off 29 shoeboxes crammed full of gifts and other goodies on behalf of members of the Ontario Legislature.

Now in its third year locally, the Shoebox Project for Shelters collects and distributes gifts that can fit in a shoebox for women who are homeless or at risk of homelessness across Canada and the U.S. Each shoebox is filled with $15 worth of items that any woman will likely enjoy, but may not typically splurge on during difficult times.

“This is a project that every member of the Legislature supports,” Ms. Jones said. “I am pleased to be able to deliver these shoeboxes to Family Transition Place – to thank FTP for the services they provide in our community every day to women and families who have experienced abuse or unhealthy relationships.”

She added, “It is my hope that these shoeboxes help by making a small difference to someone who is struggling this holiday season.”

FTP was chosen as one of four shelters across Ontario to benefit from this year’s Shoebox Project for Shelters. Twelve mothers currently housed at the organization’s Emergency Shelter and Second Stage Housing properties will receive shoeboxes, while the remaining 17 will go towards “putting smiles on the face” of other women that use FTP services.

“So often, when money is tight, mothers tend to focus on their kids and their families and tend to forget about themselves, so this is a wonderful opportunity for these people to receive something a little special,” said Lyn Allen, FTP’s Manager of Residential and Outreach Services. “Each box has things that are useful for women, but also includes nice, thoughtful gifts. It’s a fantastic token and we’re so thankful (to Sylvia Jones and the Ontario Legislature) for choosing us to benefit from this project.”

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