Do You Have An Old Shoebox & Some Cash To Spare?

Santa Shoebox

I know you’ve probably seen a number of blog posts about the awesome work that Santa Shoebox does each year, but this is a cause that is very close to my heart and I wanted to lend my voice and ask all of you to pledge a box (or two or three or four) for this very worthy cause.

Santa Shoebox Pictures
For the last few years Walter and I have participated and it’s been great fun but even more than that, it’s felt so good knowing that we were doing something small that would bring the magic of Christmas to a child in need.

Each time I read the requirements of the box I’m touched by the very basic needs of these children, seemingly simple things that you and I take fore-ranted, these children are getting for Christmas:

  • Tooth paste and tooth brush
  • Wash cloth and a bar of soap
  • An outfit of clothing
  • Something educational / for school
  • A toy
  • Some sweets
  • And of course anything extra you choose to include

It’s not just the contents of the box that are important, but the box itself, these children keep the decorated boxes and use it to store their personal belongings.

This year we have pledged 3 boxes but after reading their plea for teenage boys, we’ve decided to pledge a 4th box for a teenage boy, this is what they said about it:

Who not to forget

Although making a box for a 3 year old girl tags at the heartstrings, it is often our teenagers who are in most need of your act of kindness.

In our experience, the teenage boys are the very last ones to be selected off the website and in reality – they are the ones who have probably had the hardest life and never have received anything like a Santa Shoebox before. Please include them in your selection.

If you would like to pledge a box (or two or three or four) then click here: Pledge A Box

This year the target is 100 000 boxes and my heart smiles each time I check the website and see the number of pledges climbing, this morning there have been over 19 000 pledges and while this is fantastic, it’s still a long way off from the 100 000 target.

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Images courtesy of Santa Shoebox Project

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  • Reply Tracy

    It is such an incredible project. We’ve been doing boxes for the past three years – this year is our fourth. We always choose two boys the same ages as our boys. I think it’s very good for our boys to participate in putting the box together with things that they would like to receive and to understand that other children do not have many “things” and what a gift it is to be able to give to others. I hope they reach their new target this year.

    September 4, 2012 at 11:33 am
  • Reply CalT

    We have pledged 4 boxes, but after reading your post I think we will pledge for a teenage boy too. It is unfortunate that they are thought of last – even by me. Thanks for bringing this to light.

    September 4, 2012 at 11:58 am
  • Reply Beth

    Sharon I pledged 4 boxes, two teenage boys and two teenage girls. I maybe next time I can do a box for a little girl because I do love girly shopping.

    September 4, 2012 at 12:03 pm
  • Reply Sian

    I have pledged four boxes. Its a great charity.

    September 4, 2012 at 12:17 pm
  • Reply katherine

    We’ve also done 4 – 2 girls the ages of Zoe and Ava and then 2 teenage boys. Last year I signed up quite late and there were only teenage boys left in our area and was a bit stumped for presents. Someone said tennis balls are always popular but in the end I got them deflated soccer balls and included the valve thingy so they could pump them up (wasn’t expensive). Just thought you might like an idea. My eldest brother and family live in Australia and presents are a problem because not only do all our kids have more than enough already but the postage is a nightmare and lands up costing about as much as the present (I”m never organised enough to send it by ship), so I’ve suggested to him that they look on the website and choose 2 children and then we’ll do boxes on their behalf and take lots of photos (of the boxes,drop-off,etc.)for my niece and nephew to see.

    September 4, 2012 at 2:29 pm
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