The 2017 Boxes of Hope Shoebox Campaign is now complete!
Thank you to everyone who has contributed, whether it be our army of knitters, drivers, school sponsors, warehouse volunteers and those who put the shoeboxes together – we really are grateful and couldn’t do it without you!
Download our leaflet here:
The benefits of being a “local” charity are that a team from Cumbria takes the shoeboxes and brings pictures and stories back of the children who receive them and, as a small charity we have no staff to pay, so any surplus funding goes towards longer term educational support for these children. The boxes contain educational supplies such as pens and pencils, toys (such as dolls, cars and tennis balls), sweets and hygiene items such as face cloths and soap.
Children and adults alike love to fill a shoebox – it is a simple and fun thing to do, doesn’t have to cost a lot of money, and it really does make a difference to a child who has none of the basics we take for granted. For these children there is none of the commercialisation we endure for weeks leading up to Christmas. Many of them have never in their lives had a gift. Many have never had a toy.
Don’t forget it’s not too early to start thinking about next years’ campaign. You can start looking for empty shoeboxes and shoebox bargains such as toys, games, fun items, hygiene and stationery items, warm hat/scarf/gloves/socks etc.
Please see our report from our activities in recent months: June 2017 Boxes of Hope leaflet
Thank you for your support!