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 – see pictures on this page. 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.

TO ORDER BOXES GO TO ‘LINKS FOR SUPPORTERS’ (see options on right)

Please order NOW!

Please order your boxes as soon as possible

and have them filled and ready for collection

by mid November at the latest

to ensure Santa can deliver them in time for Christmas.

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Opening Easter Boxes

We have now many photos of your boxes being opened as they were delivered just last week for Easter. This one shows children full of excitement as they open their boxes.

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Easter Delivery

Last Sunday the 30th March 12,823 of your Shoebox gifts left our main warehouse in Preston to begin their five day journey to Romania. The boxes have now reached their destination and are being distributed by ‘Hope and Homes for Children’ in Baia Mare, the Rotary Club of Cluj Samos and ‘Spurgeons Child Care’. Once again we are indebted to SCANIA UK for their generous donation of a tractor unit for the trip and to Gareth our volunteer driver.

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Christmas Boxes

At last we are starting to get some photos of boxes being distributed at Christmas. Things were delayed for a number of reasons, not least of which was the late return to us of many of your boxes. Our plans to deliver to Ukraine were also put on hold because of the problems Children in Moldovabeing faced in Kiev. The photo shows childen in Moldova, one of the poorest countries in Europe.

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Christmas song

Rotary District 1290 (south west England) have released a song which they hope will hit the best sellers. ‘Christmas time children sing’ can be listened to and the video seen by going to www.childrensing.info The song can then be downloaded for just 79p with proceeds going to Rotary Foundation funds. The video shows Rotary projects, including several shots of Rotary Shoeboxes.

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Returning your filled Boxes

Please ensure that your filled boxes are ready for us to collect from you by mid November at the latest if you want to have them delivered to Eastern Europe for Christmas.

Remember that we deliver boxes all year round not just at Christmas. Boxes ready after mid November will be on our next delivery early in 2014.

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Filling 13,000 boxes this year!!!

District 1010 have long been our best supporter. Under the organisation of PDG Ron McKail, clubs in the District put all their orders together to make a bulk order each year. Since 2003, District 1010 have so far filled 87,000 boxes. They have issued a challenge to their clubs this Rotary year starting this month, to bring the total up to an amazing 100,000 by filling a further 13,000 boxes this year alone.

(Yes the figures are correct, that will be a total of one hundred thousand.)

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MBE for Elizabeth

Elizabeth with an abandoned child in Romania

One of our Shoebox team, Elizabeth Tatman from Bolton Lancs, was awarded MBE in the Queens Birthday Honors list in June. This is for work Elizabeth has done in her local community for children, being chair of Bolton Toy Library. For the last 17 years she has visited Iasi in Romania and in particular the Santa Maria Childrens Hospital. Here she set up a toy library and helped train staff in better understanding that childern need to enjoy play in their development.
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