When visitors walk into Soul Box exhibits and encounter thousands of Soul Boxes, each with a face, name, place or date, they slow down. They look. They read. They spend time with the victims and their stories.

This is a lesson we’ve learned with our first exhibits. Along with the folding and counting and folding and counting to reach our numerical goals, we need to share as many individual stories as possible. That's why it's important to personalize your Soul Boxes.  Each victim’s life story takes on power when joined with the stories of others. 

Here are some tips for making your Soul Boxes as unique as the lives they represent.


Look Beyond the Headlines

Whenever a shooting makes the news -- especially a mass shooting -- we receive a lot of duplicate Soul Boxes and sets of Soul Boxes. You can contact us at to get names of victims not already represented on our panels. 

Potent Messages and Images

Soul Boxes with original artwork used to  inspire or heal can be incredibly compelling. Use your imagination and express your feelings. Spend a little extra time to create a unique work of Soul Box art.  

Include Information About the Victim's Life

The data behind a shooting -- the name, age, place and date -- help document the incident. But a victim's life is so much richer than the shooting incident. Take time to learn about the person's life via the internet, if possible. If you're honoring somebody you know, personalize your Soul Box especially for your loved one.  

Unadorned Soul Boxes

Although we encourage you to take the time to personalize your Soul Boxes, those without artwork and names are also important. They symbolize the victims whose names will never be public, often those people who have committed suicide. If you are more comfortable folding than adding images or words, we welcome your participation.

More Ideas

For more ideas on personalizing your Soul Box, 

visit the gallery on our Make a Box page.