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Shoebox Ministry

Posted by Helen Bladon on

St. Theodore's is committed to The Shoebox Ministry! It is a non-profit organization established for the collection of personal care and hygiene items which are distributed to the homeless. Founded in Phoenix, Arizona, in 1989, Shoebox Ministry is now a national organization with participation throughout the United States.
​Churches, clubs, schools and community service groups collect items that are donated. They are then packed into shoeboxes to create personal care kits for men, women and families. Reputable shelters and agencies carefully monitor the distribution of the boxes to ensure that the donations reach those who need them most.
​We at St. Theodore’s bring our items and put them in the box above the coat rack off the narthex and I pick them up and take them to our drop-off point at the First United Methodist Church on Boyce Drive. You may also bring shoeboxes to be filled. PLEASE ONLY STANDARD SIZE BOXES, not the larger boxes that many shoes now come in.

​Following are some items to put into shoeboxes:
• wash cloth
• bar of soap in small plastic bag
• comb
• shampoo & conditioner (travel size)
• tooth paste & tooth brush
• razors
• shaving cream
• purse size tissue packs
• band-aids
• hand & body lotion
• feminine hygiene products
The most needed items are:
• white socks
• women’s feminine hygiene products
• wash cloths
All boxes will be delivered to the First United Methodist Church for distribution to 13 different shelters in Benton and Washington Counties.
​Thank you to all who have contributed and those who will contribute. May God’s blessings be with you always.
​“Truly I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brethren, you have done it to me.” Matthew 25:40
Helen Bladon