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Northcliff & Melville Times - Gift shoeboxes get a new meaning

Northcliff & Melville Times - Gift shoeboxes get a new meaning

Great initiative from one of our past pupils, Danielle Stephany Houseman!

NORTHCLIFF – A Northcliff resident is aiming to hand out 3 000 shoeboxes to humans and animals in need.

 

One Northcliff resident has taken the popular Christmas gift shoebox intiative to a whole new level.

Danielle Stephany Houseman has spent the last three years doing charity work by gathering various products for those in need.

Houseman started doing charity work while in high school at De La Salle Holy Cross College.

Titan steals a kiss from Norman James Pope and Danielle Stephany Houseman while they show the contents of their shoeboxes.

This year, she got her boyfriend Norman James Pope to join in on the charity work. Pope owns Green Planet Plumbing and felt it only right to get involved with community work.

Every year at Valentine’s Day and Mother’s and Father’s days she hands out shoeboxes to those who need it most.

The shoeboxes she makes up vary from reusable plastic containers to material shopping bags. She believes that both the content and the container of the goods should be of use.

Only some of the many shoeboxes put together by Danielle Stephany Houseman.

Houseman gives the community a choice to either donate shoeboxes or shoebox fillers.

Since the inception of her project, she has partnered with The Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital, the Diepsloot community, old age homes and the Frida Hartley Shelter, among others.

Houseman explained that while she was at De La Salle she was part of the outreach committee and regularly visited Frederick Place Old Age Home.

“Some of the people I give boxes to are people who I got to know when I was still in high school. They still remember me from then,” Houseman explained.

In addition to helping people, Houseman has a passion for animals and also started an animal shoebox drive where she gifts animals toys, blankets and food to animal shelters.

This year she is aiming to hand out 3 000 shoeboxes.

“If I manage to reach my goal, I will donate at least 500 boxes to the Flight Centre Foundation.”

Houseman’s shoebox drive is still open for donations until 3 December. Thereafter, she plans to distribute more of her shoeboxes.

Details: For more information about the project or to donate, Houseman can be contacted on 076 593 3626 or via email on

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