• Receiving boxes at Easter in Romania 2017
    Delivered by Isai 2000 Rotary Club
  • St James Primary School St Helens sorting boxes in warehouse
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  • Opening boxes in 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 [Search for a local Rotary Club to you] might be able to provide some boxes, otherwise, follow the links above that best describes your organisation for more information and to order boxes. 

A Christmas Story from Rotary

p1050092One of our former members was helping  on the Carol Float the other evening.
Roger had been a member of the Wigan Rotary Club for about twenty years until about ten years ago when he decided to leave.  He told us the most incredible story……..

A couple of weeks ago he was having a drink on a Sunday afternoon with a couple of neighbours in the local Pub. The Pub was quite quiet and so everyone noticed when a lady and gentleman walked in and went up to the bar. The lady was in conversation with the landlord for a couple of minutes and then walked across to Roger’s table and asked which one was Roger and asked if he could spare a few minutes. She then told her story:

She had just visited Roger’s home but nobody was at home, so she made some enquiries from the neighbours, who thought he might well be in the Pub.
Both she and her partner are Romanian and live and work in the UK. She is now working as a Systems Analyst in London and had just been for a holiday in the Lake District. One of the reasons she had gone to the Lakes was so that she could return home via Wigan and hopefully call and visit Roger.

She spent most of her childhood in a Romanian orphanage.  Twenty Two years ago, aged eight,  soon after the fall of Ceausescu she had received a ‘Shoebox’ - her only gift at Christmas that year - from Wigan Rotary Club. Inside was Roger’s name and address (we know we shouldn’t!). She had never forgotten the kindness of that man from Wigan.

She decided that one day she would try to find him to thank him for his kindness. She wondered, if he might still be living at the same address and decided to seek him out. Hence the visit to the Lakes and the visit to Wigan. Within a few minutes she brought out of her handbag that letter which she has kept as it has always meant so much to her.
We send many thousands of Shoeboxes and we never know when we might perhaps touch the life of someone in this way.

See the Report
'Christmas 2016'
from our
Distributer in Romania

To view the full 3 page report which explains how much they appreciate your support, please click the link HERE


View a video of Shoeboxes being delivered and distributed in Ukraine in December 2016

There were 14,795 boxes in total being delivered for Christmas

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.
We are short at present of boxes for teenagers:  Especially Boys

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

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

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.

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

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 and made from fully recycled cardboard


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

"How you can support us"

  •  Contact us by the links above or contact your local Rotary Club
  •  Ordering & filling boxes
  •  Working with Schools & Companies
  •  Fund Raising
  •  Donating
  • Companies - How you can help - We would be pleased to talk to you
  • If you have any redundant non food stock you wish to dispose of
  • Ideal are items that we can include in boxes, or that would be for Children, Teenagers, Babies, Families or Senior citizens
  • We make regular deliveries to those in need in Eastern Europe


Some of the boxes received at the warehouse decorated by children