Zonta Club of Montreal donates 50 gift-filled shoeboxes to women's shelter during holiday season

In late November 2020, the Zonta Club of Montreal, Canada, collected and filled 50 shoeboxes with toiletries and candies for a local women's shelter. The shelter had expressed the need due to the increased number of clients over the holidays.

This project was challenging given the restrictions in place due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. However, the club came together in different ways to fulfill this need. Each box was tastefully wrapped and had a note: "From your friends at Zonta Club of Montreal."

The club hoped to reach out with this gesture and try to alleviate the heightened sense of loneliness and isolation that was being experienced by women in crisis during the holiday season. The director of the shelter was very appreciative and reported back that the women were touched and happy with this small demonstration of friendship and inclusion into a community of supportive women.