Children's Shoe Box Appeal

7th October 2015

Individuals can devote as much, or as little, time as they wish to this project. A filled shoebox is a very simple, personal gift to a child (for whom it is likely to be the first and only present they ever receive… though one they will always remember with great joy) but it is also extremely effective. Enjoyable and rewarding, it is actually a huge privilege to be able to play a part… as well as something in which anyone, of any age, can participate – as individuals or groups. This might involve collecting together suitable small items (pens, pencils & sharpeners, crayons, colouring & picture books, writing pads, notebooks, paper; stamps & inkpad sets, yo-yos, playdoh, balls, dolls, stuffed animals with CE label, toy trucks, skipping ropes, harmonicas, small puzzles, solar calculators, wrapped soap, toothbrush/paste, comb/hairbrush, hair accessories, jewellery set, facecloths, wrapped sweets (sell-by date at least March 2016), wind-up torches, caps, sunglasses…) or knitting/crocheting/sewing (hats, scarves – ideally in dk wool and measuring approx. 6 x 33 inches - gloves, mittens, drawstring bags, pencil cases, hand puppets). You can also enclose a note or greetings card to the child and a photo of yourself or your family if you wish. So... please consider whether YOU might be able to get involved and also mention it to work colleagues, friends, neighbours, family members (not only here in Lodge Moor but farther afield, too – and ask that they, in turn, spread the word!). We shall leave a large box in the foyer, during October, in which to put suitable small items - and also ask people to bring along completed, medium-sized wrapped shoeboxes (lids separate) - for when collection centres open in November. All donations will be very gratefully received! For details of how to pack a shoebox (for a boy, or girl, aged 2-4, 5-9, 10-14 years) and a list of items which are and are NOT suitable (hand-made stuffed toys, war-related items such   as toy guns, play soldiers, knives; chocolate or other food items; liquids & lotions - including bubbles; marbles, sharp objects, fragile items – glass containers, mirrors, clothing other than as listed above), check out the website www.samaritans-purse.org.uk, pick up a leaflet from the foyer. A shipping donation (minimum £3) is appreciated along with each box so, if you felt able to fund the cost of your own, that would be wonderful! It may be that you would prefer to offer a gift of money (cheques payable to Samaritan’s Purse, please) rather than make or purchase items for inclusion in a box. We will be talking to the children about the project throughout October and would be grateful if you would involve them in choosing items to send, and filling shoe boxes. Thank you for your support as always.

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