Christmas Shoebox Gifts

Christmas Shoebox Gifts

Christmas Shoebox Gifts 150 150 Jan O'Mahoney​

With Christmas fast approaching one of our team members and her daughters have been out shopping to fill a couple of shoeboxes for this year’s Rotary Shoebox appeal.

Their local Rotary district, District 1110, supports vulnerable families in Albania, Moldova, Montenegro, Romania, and The Philippines ensuring children aged 1-15, many living in orphanages, receive a gift at this time of year.

Last year, contributors to  District 1110’s appeal donated 26,437 shoeboxes, split across the 5 countries as follows:

  • Albania                6,123 shoeboxes plus 1 carton of Teddy Bears.
  • Romania              6,189 Shoeboxes plus  3 cartons of woollens for children
  • Moldova               6,079 shoeboxes  plus 5 cartons of knitted clothing items for children
  • Montenegro         6,359 shoeboxes  plus 2 cartons of woollens
  • The Philippines   1,687 shoeboxes

Gifts can include:

  • Entertainment – Plastic or wooden toy, jigsaw puzzle, colouring book, colouring and drawing pencils, pens, writing book, Lego, yo-yo, skipping rope, building blocks, doll, dominoes, modelling clay/plasticine, cuddly toy, stickers, playing cards, sports memorabilia, musical instrument
  • Clothing – Hat, scarf, gloves, and warm fluffy socks
  • Toiletries – Toothbrush and toothpaste, flannel, bar of soap, roll-on deodorant, comb/brush, hair bobbles/bands, mirror, costume jewellery, make-up, razors (age-appropriate), face/body cream
  • Household – T light candles, kitchen cloths/scouring pads, soap flakes, first-aid kit

Gifts NOT to include;

Food (including sweets and chocolate), conflict-related toys e.g. toy gun/knife, battery-operated toy, matches, flammable liquids/aerosols, seeds, washing powder for automatic washing machines

Whilst you can’t wrap up the gift items individually, you can line the inner of the box with tissue paper & cover the gifts as well as decorating your shoebox.

If you don’t have a shoebox to hand you could ask a local shoe shop or pay £2 for a Rotary box

If you would like to send  a gift to a vulnerable child this year please follow this link


Alternatively, why not contact your local hospital & enquire if they are doing shoebox gifts; many do.