Power of Good

Welcome to a host of heartfelt community stories, and be introduced to countless private individuals and organizations and the great work they do. The ‘Power of Good’ showcases stories from around the province that have been published in print and online media. See the positive and uplifting contributions individuals and organizations have made to make their communities a better place to live, work and play.

Show women in need you care with the Campbell River Shoebox Project

By on November 21, 2017

Group of volunteers to deliver gifts of little luxuries to local women in need.

Alison Skrepneck has high hopes for the Campbell River Shoebox Project this year – 340 shoeboxes for vulnerable women in Campbell River and the North Island.

The idea is simple: decorate a shoebox, pack the shoebox full of gift items that any woman might enjoy, drop it off before Friday Dece. 8, and The Shoebox Project will deliver it to a local women’s shelter or outreach agency in time for the holidays.

“The holiday season can be a difficult time for many,” Skrepneck said in a news release. “The women who receive the shoeboxes filled with personal items are grateful that someone they don’t even know has cared enough to create a gift for them.”

This is the fifth year for The Shoebox Project in Campbell River, with expansion to the North Island this fall.

Last year, more than 260 gifts were delivered to 11 organizations in Campbell River.

Community members interested in donating a shoebox or participating in other ways, including online donations, can visit www.shoeboxproject.com for more information.

Last year, a woman who received a shoebox in Campbell River wrote, “Thank you so much. It makes me feel appreciated and special.”

How to participate:

1. Decorate an empty shoebox. Please wrap the top and bottom separately so the gift can be inspected before delivery.

2. Fill the shoebox. Make your shoebox as fun as you would like. Choose high quality items valuing about $50 that you would like to receive yourself. Please only include new unused items. Ideas to include:

  • body or hand lotion
  • makeup: mascara, eye shadow, lipstick, nail polish, lip gloss
  • nut free chocolates, cookies, candies
  • shampoo, conditioner, body wash
  • deodorant
  • small cosmetic bag
  • brush, comb
  • toothbrush
  • socks, mitts, hat, scarf
  • phone or gift cars (include the value of the card)
  • journal, colouring book
  • pool, bowling or movie passes

3. Write a message. Women who receive a shoebox are touched by the effort that goes into decorating as well as the special cards, messages and poems contained inside.

4. Deliver the shoebox before Friday, Dec. 8.

For more information, you can reach Alison in Campbell River at 250-203-9360 or campbellriver@shoeboxproject.com or Marina in Port Hardy at 250-949-8900 or at hargravemarina@gmail.com. Find them on Facebook at The Campbell River Shoebox Project.

Langley retiree always gets his Mountie grave marker

By on September 7, 2017

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By on July 28, 2017

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By on June 9, 2017

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By on May 25, 2017

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By on February 11, 2017

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