Shoebox project right on track

2015-10-21 06:00
In 2014 the Santa Shoebox Project exceeded its target of 100?000 gift boxes.
Photo: supplied

In 2014 the Santa Shoebox Project exceeded its target of 100?000 gift boxes. Photo: supplied

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A GREAT 78% of boxes have been pledged to the Santa Shoebox project and things seems to be on track for many underprivileged children who will receive a Christmas present this year, some for the first time in their life.

“Four hundred and fourteen out of the total of 531 boxes have already been pledged and we are steaming ahead,” Local co-ordinator Liana Erlank said.

The Toti drop-off site is the Amanzimtoti Scouts Hall at 4 Drake Road and is open on 29 and 30 October from 8am to 4pm and on 31 October from 9am to 2pm.

In 2014 the Santa Shoebox Project exceeded its target of 100 000 gift boxes and launched additional avenues for donors to support the project, focusing on collecting complementary, critical items.

In the same year, a virtual box option was introduced for the first time, allowing donors who donand#039;t live close to any of the Santa Shoebox drop-off zones to make their pledges on-line. This year this option will be refined and expanded to benefit even more rural children, giving donors from abroad the opportunity to get involved in the project too.

Retail giant Pick n Pay has come on board to introduce and manage an online shopping experience for donors who wish to donate a completed box, with the idea of improving the quality of each gift.

A third way to get involved this year, corporate clients and benefactors are invited to make a financial donation towards the Santa Shoebox Legacy fund, created to provide additional support to children’s facilities. The idea is to teach caregivers skills that will not only benefit children under their care, but the wider community too. With the first funding received, the Santa Shoebox Project has partnered with the South African Red Cross Society to train caregivers at selected beneficiary organizations in basic first aid.

All of these options can be easily done via the new Santa Shoebox website to volunteer or assist locally - Supplied.

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