This year marks our fourth consecutive year taking part in the Christmas Shoebox Appeal with Team Hope. For the past 18 years, Team Hope has been delivering Christmas boxes right into the hands of children in the remotest and poorest parts of the world and these Christmas shoeboxes may be the only thing these children may receive this Christmas.

It’s so easy to create a Christmas shoebox for a child in need. To take part in this fantastic initiative simply get a shoe box, wrap the box and lid separately with some Christmas paper, print a label and fill your box with age-appropriate goodies. Once complete, add €4 in an envelope inside the box (to help with shipping) or donate online and drop it off at your nearest drop-off centre before November 11th.

The big kid and I have have been filling our Christmas shoebox for the past week now. We chose to gift a girl aged 5-9. We packed some colouring books, pencils, a copy, colouring pencils, notepads, a rubber and an eraser.

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There’s some underwear, socks, a toothbrush, toothpaste, a bar of the big kids favourite Lush soap wrapped in cling film, a facecloth, hairbrush with a mirror and some hair bobbins.

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And we have also packed a My Little Pony figure, a Supergirl cape and mask, a bouncy ball and an ethnically diverse Lottie doll. And of course, a bag of treats handpicked by the big kid. There are some jellies, love heart sweets, fizzers and a handful of lollipops. We have also added a little photo of Kayla and a letter to the girl who receives our box too.

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I think this is a beautiful idea to get young kids involved in. Never in my wildest dreams did I ever think Kayla would part with a Lottie doll, and she happily packed it in our box tonight telling me she knows the girl who receives it will love her just as much as she does.

The last collection for boxes is the 11th of November, that’s a whole ten days to get involved and give a child who has nothing, something.

Please share and help get as many people as we can involved in this wonderful project!




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9 Comments on Christmas Shoebox Appeal – Give a Child Who Has Nothing, Something

  1. I used to do this as a child and am going to do it again this year through my son’s pre-school. It’s so important and can make a child’s Christmas. You have included some lovely bits in here and I’m sure the recipient will love it!

  2. Would love this. I’ve a one year old and a new little bundle of joy due in April so I’ve a list the lenght of my arm of stuff I could get

  3. I remember doing this at school as a child – it’s such a lovely idea. I’m doing one this year through my daughter’s playgroup. Your post has given me some good ideas as to what to include.

  4. I remember taking part in Christmas shoebox appeals at school as a child and it always made me feel “good”. We’re taking part in one for the first time this year through my eldest’s school and the boys have loved being involved with the process xx

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