IWP Newsletter – Christmas Boxes to Celebrate Women

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Christmas gift boxes

to celebrate women

Dear IWP members,

IWP has an ongoing collaboration with Junta de Freguesia de Cascais & Estoril (villages) which is currently supporting more than 150 families who are either not benefitting from food banks, cannot feed themselves or provide for their families.
Right now, a team of volunteers collects dry food donations in Centro do Bairro do Rosário in Cascais, regroups these items according to the requests and financial situations of each family and redistributes them using their logistics network. Around Christmas time, people also donate toys for the children which get distributed the same way. Although we can continue to contribute dry food donations, we thought this year we could do something special!
As an organization of women, why don’t we create Surprise Gift Boxes  to offer to the ‘ladies of the house’ of these families?  

Boxes can be shoe boxes or something smaller – anything with a lid. The boxes could contain anything you think would be appreciated, such as shampoo, conditioner, shower gel (small/medium sizes!) a toothbrush, toothpaste, perhaps a hairbrush, lip balm, nail polish, hand cream or an unused ‘airline’ kit with little samples and/or a small pack of sweets. Maybe even a lovely candle. Think of things you know that these ladies would be pleased to get. Let them be surprised by each unique offering.

Please wrap the boxes in seasonal Christmas paper and add a small tag :

Feliz Natal da Assoc. Internacional de Mulheres’ 
  • You can make one or as many surprise gift boxes as you want and drop them off at Park Carmona on Dec 15th at 2:00 pm.
  • For those who want to participate by contributing just the goodies, just send an email – we can pack the products for you. Having already made up a couple of boxes, I can tell you that the fun is in the DOING!
  • Those with boxes but no transportation, also send an email – we will try to organize a pick up by car on the same afternoon.
  • Please use this email address executivepresident.iwp@gmail.com to consolidate all requests.

This is a wonderful way for us to give back to the community and a very real way to help these women feel special.

What do you think? This doesn’t take a lot of time nor does it cost a lot, really! 

We look forward to seeing IWP’s creative enthusiasm and generosity come through!

All the best for this festive season!

PS: Below some pictures to show you shapes, sizes and box contents can vary!


100% Portuguese Christmas Gifts

Handicraft is a work of tradition and humility, with its own materials and resources, vibrant colors, loaded with emotions and unique experiences that result in authentic, exclusive pieces full of personality.

This site was recommended for revealing details about the Portuguese culture, secrets of the history and traditions of the locals.

These artisans create memories that allow us comfort and show us the importance of having roots.

Click this link for their online catalogue:  https://ocesto.com.pt/?lang=en

We also have a closed Facebook group (IWP Members Forum) for members to share ideas and fun photos of the activities they do together.  Now you are a member, we will add you to the group. We look forward to seeing you there! 

Best wishes,

Maria Barros Price
IWP President and the members of the Exec Board (2020 & 2021)
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