Day of Caring- Shoebox Project 2016


United Way Day of Caring is an invitation for people and organizations around the world to LIVE UNITED and take action to address a variety of challenges. It is a day that promotes the spirit and value of volunteerism and demonstrates the power of Living UNITED.

United Way of Southwest New Mexico is mobilizing our community to provide personal care and basic need items to our most vulnerable residents. Every day items most of us take for granted, like toothbrushes, soap, or a comb can make a big difference for someone living in poverty or experiencing homelessness. Believe it or not, some of the most important essentials people need can fit right inside of a shoebox. That's why United Way will collect decorated shoeboxes filled with personal care and basic need items from individuals, families, and organizations from around the region. Join our efforts to help those in need in our community!

You can help to create personal care packages by donating a decorated shoebox filled with personal care and basic need items between November 14th - 30th. The shoeboxes will be redistributed to the Silver City Gospel Mission.

It's easy to participate! Just follow the three simple steps outlined below.

Step 1: Fill your Shoebox with Personal Care and Basic Need Items

Grab an empty shoebox from your closet and fill it with a selection of items listed below.

  • Hair comb/brush
  • Travel size hand sanitizer
  • Hand towel
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Travel size shampoo
  • Adhesive bandages
  • Travel size soap
  • Antibiotic ointment
  • Travel size lotion
  • Lip balm
  • Deodorant
  • Tampons/Panty liners
  • Travel size tissue packs
  • Warm socks
  • Travel size baby wipes
  • Ziplock bags
We can only accept items on this list. Please no medicine, mouthwash, food, sewing kits, razors, or used/opened items.

Step 2: Decorate your Shoebox

Have fun! Be creative and decorate your shoebox with stickers, wrapping paper, greeting cards, fabric, ribbon or other items. Those who receive your shoebox will feel like they are receiving a special gift.

Step 3: Drop-off your Shoebox

Bring your shoebox to the Silver City Gospel Mission office at 111 S. Texas St. Silver City, NM.


Want to do more? Volunteer your time to help us organize and deliver shoeboxes. Sign up here!

For more information contact Amanda Morales at


Drop-Off Locations


111 S. Texas St. Silver City, NM



1220 N. Hudson St. Silver City, NM



1111 Tom Foy Blvd. Bayard, NM