• Main warehouse - Preston
    Volunteers packing the shoeboxes for dispatch to Eastern Europe
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    from Romania
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 The gift of a shoebox that contains toys, toiletries, educational items or household goods is a drop of happiness to the people of Eastern Europe who live in a world of poverty. For many, it will be the first present that they have ever received and it lets them know that somebody, somewhere cares.  If you would like to take part, we would love to hear from you.

Our scheme caters for schools, colleges, companies, individuals and of course Rotary Clubs. You will need some of our special shoeboxes that identify you as a supporter of the Rotary Shoebox Scheme. Your local Rotary club might be able to provide some boxes, otherwise, follow the link on the right that best describes your organisation for more information and to order boxes.

What's goes in our Boxes?

The type of contents are indicated on the box top. In the case of toys, additional information as to the suitability for boy or girl, along with age group is also indicated. A card with the senders name and address, along with a photograph is also a nice thing to include.

Above all, the contents should be of good quality, remembering that the recipient will be opening the box in eager anticipation, and especially with the toys for the children, quite possibly the first real gifts they have received for as very long time.
We have had to discontinue with food boxes due to border problems at most East European countries


This is given to new mothers and can include baby wipes, cotton wool buds, baby shampoo, baby oil, talc powder, bonnet, boottees and mitts, baby grow, knitted matinee coat, small soft toy or plastic  rattle. Age up to 12months

Toys such as ‘Matchbox’ type toy cars, small bouncy balls, jigsaws, fluffy toys, dolls, colouring books, felt tip pens, Lego, yoyo’s, bubble blow, etc. Should indicate if for a boy or girl

Please remember boxes for teenage boys and girls up to the age of 18. Such as: make-up, toiletries, sportswear, scarf, gloves, hat, writing materials, deodorants, comb, mirror, football memorabilia, etc

Household Goods such as hand soap, toothpaste and brushes, envelopes, letter paper, biro pens, etc.
Toys are especially appreciated, since these boxes can be used for birthday gifts.
This box is also good for older folk, especially if a warm scarf or a pair of gloves is included.

How can you help?

Rotary, Inner Wheel, Rotaract, Interact
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  • Contact your local Rotary Club
  • By Ordering & Filling boxes
  • Fundraising
  • Working with Schools and Companies
  • Donating