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Gwinnettians donate thousands of shoeboxes for United Way

ATLANTA -- For its annual Shoebox Project campaign, the United Way of Greater Atlanta collected approximately 38,000 decorated shoeboxes filled with toiletry items. More than 1,600 of those shoeboxes were donated by Gwinnett County area businesses, organizations and individuals.

"This year's surge in donations is the perfect complement to our 'Be Greater Atlanta' platform and demonstrates how our 13 counties are working together to make our region a better place through acts of greatness -- no matter how big or small," said Milton J. Little Jr., president of UNG Atlanta.

Shoeboxes are distributed to more than 60 agencies and homeless shelters around metro Atlanta. Each box is filled with basis needs with everything from lip balm and antibiotic ointment to rain ponchos and warm socks.

Since the program's start in 2006, more than 125,150 shoeboxes have been distributed.