This charitable project is designed to help children going into foster care or already in foster care. (Plymouth Life Coach Joanne Quigley organized during her time at the YMCA over a two-year period and delivered 300 boxes.)
Their mission is as follows: they empty shoe boxes and assign each resident a boy or a girl with the corresponding age group—2-4, 4-6, 6-8, 8-10 and 10-12. Each resident takes the empty shoe box and fills it with age-appropriate items: tooth brushes, hair brushes, pony tail elastics, night lights, books, crayons, colored pencils, playing cards, dominoes, word search books, etc. Most of these can be bought at the Dollar Tree Store, Michaels’ and Target, and the amount spent should be in the $10.00 range.
Each resident will then line the shoe box with tissue paper and fill it with their item and wrap it.
LIFE residents have been extremely generous with their time, shopping and getting together to put these special surprises together. The drop off is at the Department of Children and Families in Plymouth, MA.
The first 15 decorated boxes were delivered by Plymouth LIFE residents Kate Golden-Chen, Nicole Foley and Isaac Williams. The social worker there accepted the gifts with a huge smile and exclaimed that “it’s has been awhile since we had these treats, they are so needed. It helped so much!” Joanne and the Plymouth residents will be back again in a few weeks. (They have another 20-25 boxes to be wrapped and delivered. In addition, a woman in the leasing office at Pinehills said she would be happy to put up fliers and collect the shoeboxes as well.)
Joanne explained that working with the resident on this project has been so exciting. They are going to continue this until Thanksgiving!