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. You can find out more at http://linktohope.co.uk/shoebox-appeal #FAMILY – Ideas for filling your Shoebox Personal grooming items – Toothbrushes and toothpaste, Shampoo/shower gel (max 300ml), Safety razors, Plasters, Bar of soap and flannel, Nail clippers/scissors, Brush/comb Treats – Sweets, Chocolate, Hair accessories, Fun stuff – Crayons and felt tips, Colouring books, Travel-sized games, such as dominoes, draughts and playing cars, Small toys, such as yoyo's, skipping ropes, bouncy balls, puzzles, balloons, Teddies/dolls/soft toys (which have CE labels).N.B Handmade knitted toys are very welcome but are not to be put inside the Shoeboxes – please take them along to your Area Collector/Group Organiser when you take your Shoeboxes. School items – Solar powered calculators, Pens and pencils, Pencil rubbers and sharpeners. Family gifts – Plasters, Small sewing kits, Screwdriver/tape measure, new socks/tights, Gloves/hats/scarves, Headscarves, Wind up Torch or Radio, Craft/Sewing Kit, Candles & Holders, Screwdrivers/Tape Measures.
Due to the number of elderly people that are now being left alone we have launched the Elderly Shoebox Appeal.
This year (2014)Boxes were sent to Romania, Albania, Bulgaria, Moldova and Ukraine.
Ideas for filling your Shoeboxes
(The contents must be suitable for both sexes to receive ie. gender neutral as much as possible)
Personal grooming items – Shampoo/shower gel (max 300ml), Tissues, Handkerchiefs, Small Mirror, Bars of soap and flannel, Nail clippers/scissors, brush, comb
Fun stuff – Small games, Pens/Paper. Wind up torch/radio, craft sewing kits, playing cards, dominoes etc.
Other items – Scarves/Gloves/Hat, Candles & Holders, Sweets/Chocolates, Reading Glasses, Sensory Items – eg. wind chime, lavender bags, a beany item, oil burner etc.