Bringing joy to families at Christmas
Filling shoeboxes with gifts and sending them to families less fortunate than our own.
Chorley Community Church has supported Shoebox Campaigns for over 20 years! Last year we partnered with Link to Hope, raised over £2,000 and processed over 440 boxes (both family and elderly boxes) which we tracked to Romania, Bulgaria, Moldova and Ukraine.
Because we buy in bulk and have fantastic suppliers who donate items, we are able to wrap and fill a shoebox for approx £10 and it costs an additional £2 to cover postage. Every penny you donate goes towards the boxes, including all of the gift aid! We absorb all of the admin and additional expenses ourselves.
Our dedicated team of volunteers work hard throughout the year getting everything in place for the big packing day and we were delighted to open up as a drop off centre and welcome the public.
This year, we are delighted to partner again with UK charity Link to Hope for our Shoebox Appeal. While our previous campaigns have focused on boxes for children, we are really excited that Link to Hope also do Family and Elderly boxes.
More than a shoebox…
This campaign is part of Link to Hopes ongoing work to provide humanitarian aid, education and social care to some of the most disadvantaged people struggle to survive in villages that lack basic amenities.
- The Family Shoeboxes of gifts are given to families who often have to make a choice between buying food or fuel at Christmas time – buying presents is just not a priority. Many of these families do not have running water, heating or electricity. Some live in appalling conditions, often living in just one or two rooms, and life for them is a real struggle to survive.
- The Elderly Shoeboxes are for the increasing number of older people who are now being left alone due to their families leaving to work away. The boxes are similar however the childrens games and education materials are replaced with a wind up torch, sensory items, candle and holder etc.
Where do the boxes go?
Last year, we tracked our boxes to Romania, Bulgaria, Moldova and Ukraine.
What goes in a shoebox?
Ways to get involved:
Because we buy in bulk and have fantastic suppliers who donate items, we are able to wrap and fill a shoebox for approx £10 – it costs an additional £2 to cover postage. Every penny you donate goes towards the boxes, including all of the gift aid! We absorb all of the admin and additional expenses ourselves.
Choose a gift from our Amazon wish list
We’ve chosen things that would work for a family or elderly box – so take your pick! NB. We get items like socks, gloves, hats, toothpaste, toothbrushes and soap from the supermarket.
If you are able to send branded merchandise or make a company donation, we are more than happy to profile your logo as a sponsor on all of our materials. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to find out how to make it happen!
Join us at the Shoebox Packing Party
Sat 10 November, 12pm – 6pm
With Christmas music in the background and a lot of laughter we wrap, fill and check boxes until the last one is accounted for. We look forward to surprise deliveries from the local community too! It is a really fun day for all the family – whether you can spare an hour or a day, everyone is welcome and there is something for everyone to do regardless of age or ability. A really rewarding day to spend a Saturday and get into the Christmas spirit. Let us know if you are planning on popping in via our Facebook event here.
Drop off a completed box
Contact email@example.com to sort out a time and date that suits you or drop them off at our Packing Party on 10 November from 12pm – 6pm. We’ll process the box on your behalf. Please make sure you include £2 in an envelope inside / or on the box to cover the postage. You can pay postage online and put a copy of the receipt inside the box.
Check out last year!
Thank you to our sponsors:
Thank you to our partners: