Daughtry Future Achievers giving back: United Way 2010 Shoebox Project

Each year individuals and companies throughout the metro area donate shoeboxes filled with toiletries to be given to homeless women and children in our community. Last year caring individuals in our metro area donated more than 12,500 shoeboxes that were distributed to more than 80 homeless shelters across our 13-county area.

Daughtry Elementary Future Achievers understand giving and responded to this growing need in our communities. For our March 24th program students were asked to bring in shoe boxes to decorate and then fill with toiletries, crayons, games, coloring books, wet wipes, et al. We talked about the homeless and what it could mean to live in a shelter. The kids were so empathetic and really wanted to do as much as they could to help. Here are just a few facts I shared with the kids:

Families with children are among the fastest-growing segments of the homeless population.

In Metro Atlanta women and children represent the largest population of homeless residents

Georgia ranks 43 among our nation's states in its percentage of homeless children (with 1 being the highest and 50 the lowest).

Calls for transitional housing assistance increased 22 percent between 2008 and 2009

"The United Way Shoebox Project is an easy, fun way in which anyone can participate to help women and children whose lives are in crisis. By volunteering to put a few items in a shoebox, and perhaps decorating it with a child you know, the giver becomes part of the solution to our community's challenge of homelessness.

If you would like to participate in this project, please drop off your shoeboxes at Jackson Progress-Argus, 129 South Mulberry Street. The 2010 United Way Shoebox Project dates are Monday, April 5 - Friday, May 21. Find out items needed and more information at http://www.unitedwayatlanta.org/Volunteer/Pages/ShoeboxProject.aspx Thanks to the parents, students and Mr. Fagan for starting Future Achievers' participation in this worthwhile project.