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    Volunteers packing the shoeboxes for dispatch to Eastern Europe
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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 links above that best describes your organisation for more information and to order boxes.

What's goes in our Boxes?

We actually have four types of boxes you can choose to fill. For full details about what can go into boxes please visit our Box Contents Page.

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 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.

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.

Rotary Shoebox

We only accept items packed in our own boxes, which are designed specifically to protect the contents and stand the stacking & transport requirements by road. (Real shoe boxes vary in size and are not as sturdy)
Boxes are supplied in flat pack format

Brief details about us

Rotary has no religious or political affiliations

No leaflets of any kind are added to any boxes

Our boxes are gifts for children & adults; delivered all the year round, not just at Xmas

For more information about us click here

PLEASE NOTE- That if you are from Channel Islands, Dorset, Hampshire, Isle of Wight and part of Wiltshire( Amesbury, Salisbury, Wilton) a different Shoebox Scheme is in operation, not part of the Rotary Shoebox Scheme, but managed by Rotary District 1110 and you can contact them by emailing: geoff.philpot@btinternet.com

  •  Contact us by the links above or contact your local Rotary Club
  •  Ordering & filling boxes
  •  Working with Schools & Companies
  •  Fund Raising
  •  Donating

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Some of the boxes just received at the warehouse decorated by children