Our second container this year was filled with 11,328 Rotary Shoeboxes full of gifts. Destination was Chisinau, Moldova with distribution managed by Chisinau Rotary Club. You can see some of the recipients opening their boxes, of which some are refugees from neighbouring country Ukraine. We sent third shipment of 7,000 boxes to Romania on 5/7/22.

We are grateful for the continued support we get throughout the year.


All schools, groups and organisations that wish to support our mission to spread a little happiness to disadvantaged children and adults in Eastern Europe.


We do this by sending Rotary Shoeboxes full of gifts, filled by our supporters, and then dispatched to trusted partners for distribution in the receiving country.


They are available through the website, or from a local Rotary club that supports the scheme. The £2.00 cost of the box is fully inclusive.

Why support us?

We have been operating over 25 years and have delivered over one million boxes
We are a UK registered not for profit charity with no paid employees
We are a non-sectarian organisation, and no leaflets are added to the boxes
We operate all year – Not just at Christmas
The boxes only cost £2.00 each which is less than most on the market.
We are not associated to any other shoebox charity
Box dimensions: L 30.5cm (12″) x W 15cm (6″) x D 12.5cm (5″) Made from 70% recycled cardboard

There are four types of content for filling Shoeboxes

You choose the type of content for each box

  • CHILD / TOYS ~ for young children

    Cars, trucks, etc, balls, complete jigsaws, action figures, colouring books, pens, crayons, lego blocks, yo-yo, bubble blowers, wooden and plastic toys, building blocks, pencil case, pencil sharpener, dominoes, modelling clay, plasticine & cutters, fluffy toys, dolls, stickers, writing pads, skipping rope, scarf, mittens / gloves, hat, harmonica, games, cards…

  • BABY ~ Age up to 12months & New Mothers

    This is given to new mothers and can include baby wipes, baby shampoo, baby oil, talc powder, bonnet, bootees and mitts, baby grow, knitted matinee coat, small soft toy or plastic  rattle etc…

  • TEENAGER ~ For young people up to 18 years age

    Sportswear, scarf, gloves, socks, hat, football memorabilia, writing materials, games, playing cards, tennis ball, tooth brush & paste, roll-on deodorants, comb, mirror, costume jewellery, make-up, hair brush, toiletries, school stationery, clothing repair kits, sketch pad, coloured pens / pencils…

  • HOUSEHOLD ~ For older folk & families

    Scarves, gloves, hats, wrapped soap, toothpaste, toothbrush, disposable razors, shampoo, soap flakes, pan scourers, antiseptic cream, bandages, face or body creams, cosmetics, pens, writing pad & envelopes, T lights, candles, sewing kit, scissors…

  • What not to include

    Please do not include in boxes the following: Food, sweets, chocolate & drinks, battery operated toys, conflict related items, matches, inflammable liquids, inflammable aerosols (e.g.: deodorants & hair spray), seeds or any other living material, automatic washing machine powders

    For safety – Please securely sellotape tops of liquid containers. Protect anything sharp and do not put anything sharp into the Toys box.

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