Volunteers needed to prepare de-stressing mental health articles for at-risk youth in the region May 14

In support of Mental Health Awareness Month, the Shoebox Foundation is looking for volunteers to help pack “mental health” shoe boxes on Saturday, May 14 from 1-4 p.m. at The Pine Cone, 1955 Huntley Road in West Dundee.

“We are asking for the help of volunteers to help prepare the shoeboxes and donations to help us with this very important effort,” said Tissanie Simmons, CEO and President of the Shoebox Foundation.

Shoeboxes for local teens are filled with a variety of de-stress items including mini coloring books, soothing/sensory toys (bustle, bubbles, stress ball, slime and paint), journal and a pen, and affirmation cards.

“At-risk youth (from ethnic and racial minorities) are more susceptible to mental health disorders,” Simmons said. “This national disparity calls for more programs that help with prevention, access and treatment that produce quality results.”

The Shoebox Foundation, founded in 2021 in Elgin, is a community-based nonprofit organization committed to providing programs and resources to holistically support underserved and underresourced children of color (ages 10 to 17) in Kane County to promote mental, physical and spiritual growth.

For more information, contact Simmons at (224) 484-8168. Visit www.theshoeboxfoundation.org.

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