A Labour Of Love

After hearing much twittering and whispering about Santa Shoebox’s over the last few years, this year I finally got around to finding out more about this initiative and was so moved by what they do that I decided to pledge a couple of shoebox’s.

This past weekend I headed off to the shops to purchase the goodies on the shopping list. It was a very humbling experience. It’s Ava’s birthday in December and as Christmas/Birthday presents Walter and I had been throwing around idea’s like iPad’s, portable DVD players, trikes, doll houses, out door play equipment and here I was shopping for Christmas gifts for 2 little girls just a couple of years older than Ava and their gift requirements included things like tooth brushes, toothpaste and soap.

What started out as being a charitable effort really turned into a labour of love for these 2 little girls and instead of hap hazardley throwing some goodies in a box, I, like I’m sure all Santa Shoebox contributors, spent hours agonizing over every little detail of the box, from how to decorate it to what to pack.

I hope that they love what I have packed for them.  One of them is 4 and the other is 5 and I went with real girly themed boxes for them, stocked with little girls make up, lip glosses, sunglasses, anything and everything I could find that was pink, fluffy & sparkly, a couple of T-shirts, a pretty dress each, some cute pantie packs and all things Hello Kitty, along with the other required items of soap, face cloth, tooth brush, toothpaste, educational supplies and sweets.

I’m really pleased with the end results and hope they will love it and that it will bring them a little Christmas cheer.

The Finished Box

Starting the decorating!


Sweeties & Educational Supplies


Play play make-up.


Hello Kitty face cloths


Something to love


Little girl lip gloss


Dresses, T-shirts & underwear.




Pink Fluffy Feather Boa's

II’m also super chuffed to see that they achieved their target of Christmas boxes for 70 233 children and I’ll definitely be pledging boxes next year again!



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  • Reply Marcia (123 blog)

    Well done, Sharon. Looks great. And I’m very excited to read that every child will get a box!

    October 28, 2011 at 12:51 pm
  • Reply Janet

    Oh my! I was given my two ages this morning – a girl of 15 and a little boy of 1! You have inspired me into doing something really special. Thank you! I have been reading your blog for a couple of weeks now, and LOVE your story! What a beautiful daughter you have!

    October 28, 2011 at 1:24 pm
  • Reply mrssee2

    I loved reading this post. I also had so much fun with my boxes.

    I convinced the girls in the office to each do a box and then volunteered to take them in. I was so saddened to drop off boxes with the EXACT requirements only – and small stuff. It hardly fills the bottom of the box. And I found that the rich owners boxes were the worst while the poorer office minions really went out of their way to do nice boxes.

    I ended up sending Dave out for extra suplies to add to the boxes.

    So you have just made me smile with your fabulous boxes.

    October 28, 2011 at 2:03 pm
    • Reply shirl34

      Thats just awful…imagine those poor kids opening their boxes at xmas, why take part if you dont have the heart for it and cant commit 200%? Good on you for adding the extras.

      October 28, 2011 at 5:59 pm
  • Reply CalT

    Stunning Shaz and what a wonderful initiative. I haven’t heard of these boxes before but will definitely find out more about them next year. Where did you get those cute owl stickers from on the box tops?

    October 28, 2011 at 2:18 pm
  • Reply cat@juggling act

    Well done to you. I registered for Pretoria, to be told that Pretoria is full up and I need to drive to to Joburg and get a Joburg kid’s name. For me, at thsi stage, that is not an option. So I will gift somewhere else, but gift we will. Next year, I will register earlier.

    October 28, 2011 at 3:55 pm
  • Reply shirl34

    I also did a box and went totally over-board..also agonising over things to get that would just be perfect. The toothpaste etc saddened me but taught my 9yr old daughter a good lesson in humanity and to be grateful for all she has. I so wish I could be there when my girl opens her box.

    October 28, 2011 at 5:58 pm
  • Reply Julia

    Your box is just BEAUTIFUL. I’m just picturing their faces as they open their boxes and my heart is happy.xx

    October 28, 2011 at 8:21 pm
  • Reply Lea White

    That is special!

    October 28, 2011 at 9:25 pm
  • Reply Laura

    Your boxes look amazing 🙂

    Its my second year doing this – I love it 🙂

    October 29, 2011 at 4:54 pm
  • Reply Lila

    That is such a beautiful thing to do, good on you!

    October 30, 2011 at 2:06 am
  • Reply Pandora

    Those look beautiful. And you say you are not creative?

    October 30, 2011 at 4:06 pm
  • Reply Terri

    You are Just incredible Sharon !! WOW !!!! What amazing boxes ! Those little girls are going to be over the moon !! xxxxxx.

    October 31, 2011 at 4:49 pm
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