Shoebox Appeal

IMG_5277Bringing 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 put together a record breaking 1,198 shoeboxes, raised a staggering £1,300 and received hundreds of pounds worth of gifts.

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 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.
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  • 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, via Operation Christmas Child, we tracked our boxes to Ukraine & Bosnia and Herzegovina. Via Link to Hope, this year, our boxes will go to either: Romania, Bulgaria, Moldova or Ukraine.

What goes in a shoebox?
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 Ways to get involved:

screen-shot-2016-10-15-at-17-20-36Donate online
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.

Screen Shot 2017-10-07 at 11.37.53Choose 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.

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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 to find out how to make it happen!

Screen Shot 2017-10-07 at 11.50.12Join us at the Shoebox Packing Party
Sat 11 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.

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Please share our information / links with your friends & colleagues
Our online giving page
Amazon wishlist
Facebook page

IMG_5258Drop off a completed box
Contact to sort out a time and date that suits you or drop them off at our Packing Party on 11 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 our previous campaigns!



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Thank you to our sponsors and partners:

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“Partners are proud to sponsor this local initiative for the 5th year in a row. This cause helps some of the most vulnerable people in society and lets those donating know that they have made an immediate and meaningful impact on another person’s life.  Our staff members always make a really big effort to fill and donate as many shoeboxes as they can and I am always amazed at how much care and consideration goes into each box.” Partners Islington