Christmas Shoebox Appeal 2018


Following the brilliant response to last year's Christmas Shoebox appeal (105 boxes filled in total) organised by Maureen Coles in Sywell village, this year's appeal is being extended to include all four of our villages.

What is the Christmas Shoebox Appeal?

An ordinary, everyday shoebox filled with Christmas gifts can mean so much to a child in need.  Imagine the boy or girl's delight as they open the Christmas parcel that you have lovingly and thoughtfully packed for them and start to play with the toys and other goodies inside.  Every year, churches, schools and other groups across the UK take part in the Christmas Shoe Box appeal, and the boxes collected are shipped and transported to over 100 countries worldwide.  It's very easy to take part in this year's appeal.

Step 1 - Find a shoebox

Get an empty medium sized shoebox, and wrap the box and lid separately in colourful paper.  If you don't have a shoebox at home, you can always ask a shoe shop for one of their empty ones.  Attach a label to the top of your box to show whether it is for a boy or a girl, and to show which age category:  2-4, 5-9, or 10-14 years old.

Step 2 - Fill with gifts

Fill your shoebox with fun toys, school supplies, hygiene and other items.  If possible, include one or two special items you know that the child will love - such as, a cuddly toy (with CE label) or doll, toy car or truck, a yo-yo.  See guidance below for what to include / what not to include.  The individual gifts inside the box should not be wrapped as customs may want to inspect the contents of the boxes.

Step 3 - Deliver your shoebox to one of our two drop-off points by 31st October 2018

Place a rubber band around your closed shoe box and deliver it to one of the two drop-off points:

Maureen Coles - Badgers Cottage, 8 Sywell Village, NN6 0BQ.

Revd Katrina Hutchins - The Vicarage, 46 Wellingborough Road, Mears Ashby, NN6 0DZ.  Please ring to arrange a suitable time:  01604 812907 or 07710 464675.

Your box needs to be delivered to Maureen or Revd Katrina by 31st October 2018.  All of the boxes collected will be taken across to Brixworth Community Church, who will sort the boxes and arrange for their onward transportation.

Guidance notes as to what to include / not to include


Include items that children will immediately embrace such as dolls or stuffed toys (with CE label), toy trucks, harmonica, yo-yo, skipping rope, ball, small puzzles, etc.

School Supplies

Pens, pencils and pencil sharpeners, crayons or felt pens, stamps and ink pad sets, writing pads, notebooks or paper, solar calculators, colouring and picture books, etc.

Hygiene Items

Toothbrush and toothpaste, bars of wrapped soap, flannel, comb or hairbrush.

Other Items

Hat, cap, gloves or scarf, sunglasses, hair accessories, jewellery set, wind-up torch, wrapped sweets (best before date must be at least March 2019).

For more suggestions and ideas, please follow this LINK.


Used or damaged items; war related items such as toy guns, play soldiers or knives; chocolate or other food items (apart from wrapped sweets); liquids or lotions of any type including bubbles; medicines; hand-made or knitted stuffed toys; anything of a political, racial or religious nature; sharp objects; glass containers; mirrors or fragile items; playing cards of the 4-suit variety; clothing other than as listed above.

Donations to cover the cost of transportation

If you would like to help cover the cost of sorting and shipping the boxes, and help local volunteers organise a Christmas event when the parcels will be given out to the children, please include a cheque made payable to Samaritan's Purse or cash in an envelope with your shoebox.  For example, a £5 donation would cover the shipping costs for your parcel and contribute towards a local party for the children.

Thank you for all your support.

If you have any questions, please contact the appeal organiser, Maureen Coles at 8 Sywell Village or Rev Katrina.

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