Originally started by North West Rotary clubs in 1994, the Rotary Shoebox Scheme was then intended to provide children of Iasi, in north-east Romania with Christmas gifts. Since then, the scheme has become a national project supported not only by Rotary clubs but also by individuals, schools, companies, churches, Inner Wheel, Rotaract & Interact etc.
Indeed we are delighted to welcome anyone who would like to be involved.
Gifts are now sent out throughout the year to many different countries in Central and Eastern Europe. Toys are especially useful all year round for Birthday presents in the Orphanages, Homes and Hospitals. All age groups, including teenagers, have welcomed the boxes. We have delivered to children and teenagers in orphanages, hospitals and also to street kids. To Adults in TB and AIDS hospitals. To disadvantaged families and to women’s refuges. To older folk in hostels with no supporting families.
In addition to Romania, Shoebox gifts have been delivered to Belarus, Ukraine, Bulgaria, Albania, Croatia and Kosovo.
Each year we now send around 50,000 Shoeboxes or gifts. SEE RECENT DELIVERIES
The strengths of the Rotary Shoebox Scheme over other similar schemes are:
The boxes now travel either overland by lorry, or by sea container. We use the services of International Aid Trust (IAT), a Christian Charity who have a long association with Rotary in the north-west of England and who help with both Transportation and Warehouse storage. Distribution is always through known contacts.
We are officially tied in with Hope & Homes and regularly supply their foster homes with boxes of gifts.
Spurgeons have been involved with the scheme since its inception and we deliver to their projects in Western Romania on a regular basis.
The Rotary Club of Iasi2000 are also regular distributors for us to Orphanages and Children’s Hospitals in the area.
IAT also have some children’s homes and camps in Belarus and Ukraine where we deliver.
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PR Rotary Shoebox Scheme
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