Follow these steps to donate a shoebox


Find an old shoebox

If you don’t have one at home, you can always pop into a local shoe shop


Wrap it with Christmas paper

Please wrap the box and lid separately


Fill it with useful gifts

You can get some inspiration from the list below &/or watch our Shoebox Guide videos on our Youtube Channel


Print off and fill in a donation slip and label

You can download a donation slip from here and a boy or girl label here
There’s also some helpful resources to download here


Attach a cheque or some cash

Please include £2.50 in the envelope provided with the leaflet and attach to the inside of the shoebox lid or you can donate online here. If you are eligible for gift aid please tick the box on the donation slip as this will increase your donation to £3.12


Drop off your box

Drop your box off at the nearest distribution centre. Please check your local area for their collection dates.

Useful gifts to put in your box

For boys or girls

What these children need most are practical supplies, e.g.

  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Hairbrush/comb
  • Facecloth and soap
  • Stationery/pens/pencils/paper
  • Gloves/hats/scarves

Please also include a few small gifts, e.g.

  • a soft toy
  • ball
  • game
  • puzzle
  • bubbles
  • small musical instrument i.e. harmonica/recorder
  • a photo of yourself

Home Shoebox

  • Cooking utensils (no knives)
  • Candles
  • Hairbrush
  • Plastic utensils (plates, bowls, cutlery)
  • Soap & other small toiletries
  • Small Christmas decoration
  • Small decorative item
  • T-towels (preferably quite decorative)
  • Plastic containers
  • Washing line pegs
  • Washing up cloths
  • Headscarf
  • Small toiletries
  • Make-up
  • Jewellery

Please click the following links if you would like to see a video of a sample shoebox for each category:

But PLEASE none of these

  • No food (except chocolate & sweets)
  • No medicines
  • No ‘military themed’ toys or clothing
  • No dangerous items such as knives or razors
  • No novels (picture books & colouring books are OK)

Shoebox Guide Videos

Watch our 2018 shoebox film!


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