• Receiving boxes at Easter in Romania 2017
    Delivered by Isai 2000 Rotary Club
  • St James Primary School St Helens sorting boxes in warehouse
  • Camberley Inner Wheel Supporters
  • Shipping 2017
  • 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. 

Message from the retiring Chairman of the Rotary Shoebox Management Committee & Trustees

During the last 18 very enjoyable years I have been Chairman of the Rotary Shoe Box Scheme working with a dedicated team.  During that time there has been a multifold increase in the number of shoeboxes being filled each year and in the number of overseas distributors giving shoeboxes to people in greatest need in their communities.  I believe the time had come for someone with more commercial experience to take over as Chair and take the charity up to the next level.  Accordingly the trustees have elected Nigel Danby as Chair with effect from 1st July 2017.  Nigel has been a trustee of the Shoe Box Scheme since 2007 and is a very active, knowledgeable member of the team.  I and the other trustees wish him very success in his expanded role.

 The trustees asked me to continue as a trustee and I am pleased to do that.  I shall continue to chair the distribution committee and be involved in other areas of the charity's work.  I look forward to supporting Nigel in his leadership of the Rotary Shoe Box Scheme. 

Yours in friendship
Peter Clare

The Shoebox Committee are very grateful for Peter's leadership over all these years, and are delighted he is remaining a trustee and part of the management. His commitment and experience is invaluable


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

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 70% recycled cardboard
Box dimensions are: Length 30.5cm (12") x Width 15cm (6") x Depth 12.5cm (5")


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


More views of our new style shoebox