ACCESS Senior Shoebox Project Hopes for Volunteers This Holiday Season

(Medford, OR) – The annual ACCESS Senior Shoebox Project will be accepting wrapped gift boxes filled with a variety of fun and usable items until Friday, December 9, 2016. The purpose of this project is to bring some cheer and care to seniors, people with disabilities or shut-ins during the holiday season throughout Jackson County. 

Donors and volunteers will have the opportunity to wrap shoeboxes and fill them with simple household items. Examples include: a pocket calendar, address book, post-it notes, flashlight, sewing kits, jar grabber, alarm clock; fun items such as small stuffed animals, card games, crossword puzzles; toiletries and or other inexpensive gifts. We also ask that the box lids and bottoms are wrapped separately, so we may add a holiday greeting from ACCESS.

“We hear so many wonderful responses from recipients,” said Nicki Bell, Access Senior Navigator, “responses like ‘I don’t get many presents at Christmas time, so I really appreciate your thoughtfulness and was delighted with all the practical items,’ and ‘Your thoughtful gift box brought a big smile to my face,’ and ‘Thank you so much for the great surprises… and the gift of kindness from all of you!’”

There are a variety of ways to help. Volunteer opportunities are available at the shoebox filling party on December 3rd from 10 a.m. to noon. Volunteers can fill shoeboxes, bring in empty wrapped boxes, purchase items like those listed above for the boxes or make a donation to help support the program before December 9th. Volunteers are needed to help deliver shoeboxes from December 19th through 23rd.

Shoeboxes can be dropped at ACCESS, 3630 Aviation Way, Medford. For information or to volunteer, call Nicki Bell at 541-774-4324 or email

As the Community Action Agency of Jackson County, ACCESS has been helping Jackson County residents break the cycle of poverty since 1976. With a focus on education, ACCESS helps low-income families and seniors through economic crisis by guiding them through changes in habits to help them become self-sustaining.

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