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7-Eleven collecting donations for shelters

Laura Barton

By Laura Barton, Tribune Staff

Stacy Kaune, 7-Eleven assistant manager, and Kaitlyn Thompson, sales associate, with some of the items already donated by customers for The Shoebox Project. Laura Barton/Welland Tribune/Postmedia News

Stacy Kaune, 7-Eleven assistant manager, and Kaitlyn Thompson, sales associate, with some of the items already donated by customers for The Shoebox Project. Laura Barton/Welland Tribune/Postmedia News

Welland’s 7-Eleven location is collecting items to donate to regional women’s shelters for the holiday season.

Stacy Kaune, assistant manager, said the store learned about The Shoebox Project last year, but didn’t see it in time to participate. This year, however, she and her staff are hoping to get enough items to fill as many shoeboxes as possible.

The initiative already has people excited, she said, and they’ve already had many people come and put items in the bin by the front entrance of the store. She said some staff members are even going to be donating handmade items such as hats and scarves.

Kaune said 7-Eleven in Welland has done a number of fundraisers and donation collections before, such as car washes and garage sales. Each time they pick somewhere to give the funds or donate the items to and there has been a variety, but she said they keep coming back to the women’s shelters.

“It’s close to a couple hearts on staff,” she explained.

They are only looking for items for women. She said there are a lot of programs to donate items for children, so it’s nice to have the opportunity to give to women who may be struggling through the holiday season and using shelters as well.

The kinds of items they’re looking for include warm items such as socks, mittens, scarves, hats; nut- and alcohol-free sweets and candies; toiletries; bus tickets; and journals or colouring books with pens or coloured pencils.

Items not to donate includes used items, sample size products, bubble bath, large containers, books, feminine hygiene products or anything opened or not packaged.

A full list of dos and do nots for items is available at shoeboxproject.com under the “Make a Shoebox” section.

Although The Shoebox Project is a national project, Kaune said all donations will go to Niagara Region charities.

Those interested in donating items can bring them to the store on Crowland Avenue until the end of the month, and there is a bin near the entrance to put them in.

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