Christmas Shoebox Appeal
Every year I hear about the Christmas Shoebox Appeal and I’m adamant this year that I will start including it in our Annual Christmas Traditions. What a great way to teach our kids about charity, humility and compassion for those that have little to nothing.
My kids will be lucky enough again this year to wake up in their cozy house on Christmas morning and sit around their Christmas tree ripping open all the toys they’ve asked for. They deserve to of course, but I want them to be grateful for all these things that they have, so we’re taking part in the Christmas Shoebox Appeal with Team Hope.
Every year Team Hope deliver shoe boxes to the poorest Countries in Eastern Europe and Africa. They’ll be given to orphans, children in hospitals, poor families and victims of war. Kids who have nothing. This shoebox might be the only gift they get this year.
It’s easy to take part. Here’s what to do:
~ Get a shoebox and wrap it in Christmas paper.
~ Pick a label, print it out and stick it to the box.
~ Fill the box with age appropriate presents. (If you’re stuck for ideas here’s suggestions from the Team Hope website):
What can I put in my box?
Please put in a selection of small gifts from the options below: (but out of respect for the children we ask that all items be new, or good as new)
TO WRITE – Items for school – like a pen, pencil, copy book, paper, colouring book, felt pens, sharpener, eraser, solar calculator.
TO WASH – Some hygiene items – toothbrush and toothpaste, soap (wrapped please), facecloth, hairbrush, comb.
TO WEAR – Small clothing items – a hat, scarf, gloves, socks or underwear
WOW ! – A treat – sunglasses, game, small Irish gift, a photo of yourself, sweets (must be in date until at least March 2018), make up, a small musical instrument, toys like a doll, a car, cuddly toy, skipping rope, yo-yo, a finger puppet… even a ball is fantastic.
~ Add €4 in an envelope for shipping or donate online.
~ Drop it off at your nearest drop-off point before NOVEMBER 10th.
I spoke to my kids this morning about doing this and they’re very excited which is lovely. They’re talking about choosing toys that they no longer play with to add to the box, and we’ve said we’ll go to the shop this week and pick up some little bits. Imagine what you could get with a quick trip to Dealz or Penneys!
Get involved if you can and share the idea around. It’s so simple but so effective and a lovely tradition to give our kids. 🙂
Here’s our finished box. It contains:
A toy car ~ A pack of bouncy balls ~ A colouring book & crayons ~ Pencils ~ A bag of jellies ~ Socks ~ Gloves ~ A Toothbrush & toothpaste