S.O.M.E. Shoebox Holiday Gifts Charitable Project
Eduardo Polón

SOME Shoebox Gifts

As the holidays draw near, this year's junior class has been finding itself getting into the spirit of the season.  In this spirit, the Class of 2020 has agreed to try to make a small difference in a unique way.  The Junior Class invites the whole community to participate in the S.O.M.E Holiday Shoebox Gift Project.

S.O.M.E. (So Others Might Eat) is an interfaith organization based in D.C. that provides meals, clothing, shelter, rehabilitation, counseling, and so much more to those in need. To learn more, click here.

SHOEBOX HOLIDAY GIFTS: A shoebox holiday gift is a shoebox filled with new personal items useful to a homeless man, woman, or child. Please use either a man's large shoebox or an athletic shoebox, not a shirt box, and PLEASE WRAP THE LID AND BOX SEPARATELY. This will help S.O.M.E. staff and volunteers to ensure that the shoebox contents are equitable. If possible, choose wrapping paper that is non-denominational. Also, please place a tag on the outside of each box designating whether it is for a "MAN", "WOMAN", or "CHILD." In the case of a shoebox gift for a child, please also indicate the age range (and gender, if applicable) of the intended recipient. Finally, please consider that S.O.M.E. serves more adults than children. Consequently, S.O.M.E. needs more men and women’s shoeboxes than children’s shoeboxes.

SOME ShoeboxA complete box should include:

____ hat (1)
____ gloves (1 pair)
____ scarf (1)
____ socks (1 pair)
____ underwear (1 pair)

TOILETRIES (each box should contain the following):

____ toothbrush (1)
____ toothpaste (1 travel size)
____ deodorant (1 travel size)
____ soap (1)
____ shampoo (1 travel size)
____ lotion (1 travel size)
____ razors (2)

____ small gift or toy for child (1)
____ sanitary napkins for women (5-10)

PLEASE DO NOT INCLUDE: cash, food, candy or mouthwash

ON PARTICIPATION: Contributing to this charitable outreach is not mandatory, though it is hoped that in the spirit of giving our community will choose to participate in one form or another to help make this meaningful service project a success. The extent to which you participate is your prerogative. Some may choose to contribute more than one shoebox gift; others may elect to team up with friends and contribute one shoebox gift together. Others might be able to provide empty shoeboxes and/or wrapping paper to assist with the cause. Still others might be able to contribute with the actual wrapping of unfinished shoebox gifts and/or loading up the gifts come the day of delivery. Most importantly, no one should feel obligated beyond one's means, but all are encouraged to get involved in this grassroots endeavor.

DROP-OFF LOCATIONS: For convenience, Shoebox Gifts and/or loose items can be dropped-off any time prior to the due date (see below) at any of the following campus locations:

  • Lower School: Either Front Desk
  • Middle School: Front Desk
  • Upper School: Front Desk or Room 105, Moore Hall (Eduardo Polón's classroom)
  • Scott House: Front Desk

Completed Shoebox Gifts and/or loose items are asked to be in by Thursday, December 6th.

Room 105, Moore Hall (Eduardo Polón's classroom)

JUNIOR CLASS FACULTY PROJECT POINT-PERSON: Eduardo Polón [eduardo.polon@ssfs.org (week-day) or 301-460-1773 home (evening & weekends)] As the Faculty Project Point-Person, Eduardo is available to assist with any individual questions or concerns.

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