Over the past few years Santa’s Shoebox has become a really popular charity to get involved with in the build up to Christmas. It’s a truly heart-warming project providing gift boxes to orphaned and underprivileged children across the country during the Festive Season.
This inspiring non-profit organization has been collecting ‘Santa Shoeboxes’ for thousands of children from vulnerable social backgrounds for the past seven years. This year the focus will be around the theme of “Reaching the rural child” with the aim of increasing support to caregiving facilities in small towns and rural, farming communities. The goal is to collect 100 000 gifts across the country and Namibia and the gifts will be dispatched to more than 1000 children’s homes, orphanages and other child care institutions across the country, in time to make many little hearts happy over the festive season.
The Santa Shoebox Project offers people from all walks of life the chance to participate in a profoundly valuable and personal experience, that enriches both the lives of those doing the giving, and those on the receiving end. This is an amazing opportunity to get your family or work colleagues excited about giving back.
I will definitely be roping my kids into preparing a box each for another child and involving them in the process of selecting the items for “their” child and decorating these special gift boxes that become treasured possessions! Teaching them the joy of giving is certainly a gift in itself!
Why not enter into the spirit of the Festive Season early this year and register on-line at www.santashoebox.co.za. Registration opened on the 1st of September 2013. There you can choose the name of a child or children that you would like to bless with a gift. Age appropriate gift boxes then have to be filled according to the guidelines provided on the website, and include some practical necessities such as toothpaste and toothbrush, face cloth and soap, as well as sweets, educational supplies, a toy and an item of clothing.
‘Without the support of thousands of people from all walks of life driven by a desire to make a real difference in the lives of our children, the Santa Shoebox Project could not thrive. With that, the generous corporate sponsorships from companies like PEP and Laser Logistics – our long-term partners, have been key to our growth and expansion, so it’s encouraging to know that they are on board again this year. Special thanks are due to our extensive volunteer network across South Africa and Namibia. It is impossible to put a value on the generosity of spirit, time and energy that they contribute to the project.’ National co-ordinator, Irene Pieters
The gift wrapped Santa Shoeboxes need to be dropped off at central distribution points across the country between 18 October and 2nd November. More details and directions for these centres are provided on the website: www.santashoebox.co.za or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Santa Shoebox Project is an initiative of the Kidz2Kidz Trust, a registered Public Benefit (PBO 930031301) and Non-Profit Organization (NPO 102-098) with Section 18A status, that offers assistance to children in need.