Shoebox Appeal

Bringing joy to families at Christmas
Filling shoeboxes with gifts and sending them to families less fortunate than our own.

For over 20 years we have supported Shoebox Campaigns, most recently partnering with Link to Hope, a UK based charity who do great work in Romania, Bulgaria, Moldova and Ukraine. Last year, we raised an amazing £2,450 received hundreds of pounds worth of gifts and processed 550 family and elderly boxes.

100% of your donations goes towards the appeal – we take care of all the admin and other associated costs.

More than a shoebox…

We know that families need more than a box at Christmas – which is why we are supporting Link to Hope. This campaign is part of their ongoing work to provide humanitarian aid, education and social care to some of the most disadvantaged people struggling 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.

How to get involved:

Donate online
We are able to wrap and fill a shoebox for approx £10 – it costs an additional £3 to cover postage. Every penny you donate goes towards the boxes, including all of the gift aid!

Buy direct from our Amazon list
Choose from our list of suitable items, pay via your Amazon account, and your gifts will be sent to us directly.

Corporate sponsorship
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. Let us know!

Shoebox Packing Party – Join us!
Sat 16 November, 12pm – 6pm

Facebook event here.
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 way to spend a Saturday and get into the Christmas spirit. Let us know if you are planning on popping in.

Drop off completed boxes
Contact to sort out a time and date that suits you or drop them off at our Packing Party on 16 November from 12pm – 6pm. We’ll process the box on your behalf. Please make sure you include £3 in an envelope inside / on top of the box to cover postage.

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What goes in a shoebox?


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