“ Our little shoe box has been designed as a tool and a symbol. It contains very original, visible shoes and claims to serve very original, invisible people - the homeless people. The goal here is to inspire, remind and create opportunities for small actions. We hope to plant a seed in our customers' minds so the next time they pass by someone in need they think "hey, what could I bring him/her next time..". It’s our little contribution for a better world where homeless people are properly acknowledged".
Put away your NEW beautiful shoes
Replace with something useful
Build up the handles
Take it on your next trip
Find someone in need
Make eye contact, say hello
Extend your arm and let it go
Water bottle, juice, soda
Food ready and easy to eat
Fruit snacks and salads
Crackers, cookies, chocolate bars
cereal bars, nuts mix
mints, cough drops, gums
Whatever you have that would fit
Please, check expiration dates
Gloves, t-shirt, hat
Bus, subway pass
Small gift cards ($5)
Tissues, hand wipes,
Nail clippers, matches, lighter
Hotel size, single-use toiletries
Of course this is not an exhaustive list, be creative with “what’s on hand”. From a bottle of water to a bedtime box for children at shelters, everything is worth considering!
Use this shoe box to talk about homelessness, it can never be too soon to cultivate feelings and action. It’s about modeling the empathy our society will be based on tomorrow. Why not having your kid draw something to put into this box? Cultivate respect and not ignorance. Don't treat homeless people as if they were invisible, it's not OK to stare but it’s OK to say HI, try a "good morning" when you pass or strike up a conversation on a park bench. The majority of homeless people are not dangerous but good old common sense is, of course, necessary. This is not breaking news that people experiencing homelessness say that the loss of dignity that accompanies their situation is the hardest to bear. Let kids be kids, curious and empathetic, they’ll surely find ways to "save” them and we may need to take some notes.