Shoebox project needs you

2015-09-16 06:00
A happy donor with some of the boxes pledged last year.
Photo: supplied

A happy donor with some of the boxes pledged last year. Photo: supplied

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THE Santa Shoebox project with “Giving for Good” as this year’s theme, starts this month to take up the challenge of collecting 100 000 festive season gifts for children from vulnerable social backgrounds.

Through the project, donors are encouraged to involve their children in selecting the name of a child from one of the centres or children’s homes, and putting together his or her individualised, age-appropriate Santa Shoebox gift. Gift boxes have to be filled according to the guidelines provided on the Santa Shoebox website, and include practical necessities such as toothpaste and toothbrush, face cloth and soap, as well as sweets, educational supplies, a toy and an outfit of clothing. Uniquely, this means each participant knows the first name, age and gender of the child.

Over the past nine years 456 004 gifts of joy have put a smile on as many faces of youngsters at orphanages, children’s homes and care centres across the country, and as far as Namibia­. This year the goal is to go beyond this challenge with innovative new initiatives that take giving for good beyond the boundaries of the drive, with the goal of making positive changes in the lives of these children, for good.

“This year we have a total of 531 boxes for Amanzimtoti. At the moment 181 have been pledged. Drop-off weekend is from 29 to 31 October, at the 1st Scouts Amanzimtoti, 4 Drake Road, Amanzimtoti. The times are Thursday and Friday, 29 and 30 October, 8am to 4pm and Saturday, 31 October 9am to 2pm,” said project co-ordinator, Liana Erlank.

She is calling on companies and individuals to sponsor their first-aid table, these are extra items that are used for boxes that are incomplete. Anyone who would l ike to donate or volunteer can visit the website or contact Erlank on 082 612 7772. - Supplied

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