Adopt-A-Box is another annual IHOC program. The purpose of Adopt-A-Box is to collect and distribute basic personal care items to men, women and children who are currently staying in shelters or using day centers. Like Pack-A-Sack, Adopt-A-Box is easy to participate in and is a great way to help those in need. All you need to do is take a shoe box and fill it with basic items such as: toothbrushes, toothpaste, shampoo, baby shampoo, deodorant, underwear, shaving cream, hand lotions, razors, wash clothes, and socks. Once you have filled your shoebox or shoeboxes, mark each one “Man”, “Woman”, or “Child” based on the items you placed in it.
In the past, we have had both adult and children groups take part in this program. If you have a Sunday School or Youth Group component at your congregation, this is a great way to start discussions about empathy and caring for others. It’s also a task that is simple for young children to complete successfully and feel like they are making a difference in the world. Also, it is a good project for Girl Scout and Boy Scout groups as well as for teenagers looking to fulfill service hours for National Honor Society or Confirmation requirements. Finally, for adult groups or businesses looking to host a “give back” day, this is another great project. Group members can determine who is responsible for which box items and then they can meet up in order to build the boxes.
IHOC typically runs this program in March, around which time you can check our website to find out where the drop off locations will be. Below is the 2017 flyer for this year’s program. Stay tuned for updates or add your name to our email mailing list by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org in order to receive an email notification.