This is the time of year when we can show seniors how much we love and appreciate them!

2023 is the 8th year for Shoeboxes for Seniors. 99.9 KTDY, The Blake Assisted Living and Memory Care Community, and Cajun Area Agency On Aging are collecting shoeboxes filled with items for seniors in the Acadiana area to help aging citizens get a special treat this Christmas.

All we need is you. I've already started collecting items for the shoeboxes Chris and I are going to make. Can you help? I've already bought some socks with the grips on the bottom along with colors and activity books. I'll be doing the shopping and wrapping while Chris is in charge of the tape! Haha!

And Christmas is the season of giving. This can be a project for you, your family, your office, your youth group, or any group that would like to gather today to put a twinkle in the eye of a senior!

But We Can't Do It Without Your Help

If you have a heart and spirit for giving then you can put together a shoebox loaded with fun, usual items for seniors all across Acadiana.

It is really easy to help out and make a difference. All you need is an old shoebox or a box that is about the same size as a shoebox. Feel free to decorate the boxes, all we ask is that the tops can be removed.

Fill it with items from the list below and drop off the boxes either at the KTDY studios at 1749 Bertrand Drive or at The Blake at 400 Polly Lane. Boxes will be accepted from Monday, November 13, 2023, until Friday, December 15, 2023.

shoeboxes for seniors collection box

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Recommend items to put in the box:


Fragrant lotions and soaps


Puzzle Books

Coloring Books and Colors

Socks with grippers


Deck of cards

Games like UNO


Stationary, Post-its, and Pens


Large Print Books

Throw Blankets

Any item that is considered an "activity item"

You can add a cheerful holiday note (for some seniors, it will be the only gift they receive)

Please Do Not include:

Gift Cards

Aerosol cans

Glass items

Razors, Blades

Plastic trash cans or hampers

Scissors, knives

Egg crate mattresses

Plant food

Cleaning supplies


Items requiring electricity to work

Hot water bottles

Ice packs

Extension cords or multiple plugs

Room deodorizers

Smoking materials



**Basic hygiene items are already provided for residents**

Each box should only cost around $10 total and most of these items can be found at the Dollar Store.

You should designate whether or not your shoebox is for a female or male on the outside of the box.

If you choose to make a box that is gender-neutral please indicate that on the box where it can be seen.

Donations of Shoeboxes Can Be Dropped Off at the Following Locations:

KTDY Studio- 1749 Bertrand Drive

The Blake- 400 Polly Lane

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We can't do this without you Acadiana! Thank you for continuing to support us and this amazing cause and thank you for making a difference in the lives of our seniors in the community.

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