Who gets the shoeboxes?

Your shoebox will be given to a vulnerable child, or family, through schools, nurseries, hospitals and orphanages. Our aim is that each box is given in relationship with the local community as part of a long-term commitment to these children. Please be a part of this ongoing story that is continuing to impact and change lives by donating a shoebox to this year’s appeal!
“Christmas is coming, and, right now, I think, children need us to be more present for them. Now is the biggest need.” – Dima Nachyna

Where do the shoeboxes go?

Like in 2023, this year the shoeboxes will be heading to the Ukraine, Moldova, Georgia, Bosnia and Romania.

We work with in country partners like the Red Cross to help us find children that are most in need.

How can I get involved?

Get involved by heading over to our shoebox guide on our shoebox resources page using the link below and follow the steps to create your shoebox this Christmas.
shoebox guide

About the Shoebox Appeal

It is over 25 years since the Cooke family originated the idea of the ‘Christmas Shoebox’, asking children in the UK to fill shoeboxes with stocking fillers for Romanian orphans. In 2015, we celebrated the 25th Anniversary and returned to Cluj-Napoca, Romania to re-visit Dave’s original partner from 1990 Liviu Balas, and brought shoeboxes to the marginalised communities there. The current need is still extraordinary and the power of the shoebox has never faded.

Order leaflets and posters

Order Shoebox leaflets, posters

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Order flat pack shoeboxes

Order Flat Pack Shoeboxes online and make payment.


Sponsor a shoebox

Donate £15 and we’ll create the perfect Shoebox on your behalf

Transport donation

Make your donation of £3 to help cover the transport of your box

Download resources

Download resources for the shoebox appeal, including presentations, labels, leaflets and posters

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Local co-ordinators

Local coordinators can help you with resources and drop off deadlines
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