Be a ‘Santa’ this Christmas

2016-09-07 06:00
Pledge your support for the Santa Shoebox Project. Photo: supplied

Pledge your support for the Santa Shoebox Project. Photo: supplied

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GET an early head-start on your Christmas giving by supporting the Santa Shoebox Project. This national project ensures that thousands of children from disadvantaged backgrounds receive a gift box containing necessities like clothes, facecloths and toothbrushes, stationery and a small toy for Christmas.

“Pledges opened on 1 September. Last year we exceeded our total of 500 boxes, with amazing support from the public, Toti Primary School and companies like Toyota and Remax. We are hoping for an even better year, this being our 10th birthday and ask the community to support this great initiative,” said Santa Shoebox co-ordinator, Liana­ Erlank.

There is a new drop-off point this year - Re/Max on Lewis Drive.

The organisers have chosen “More Than Just a Shoebox” as their campaign theme for 2016, which will focus on how the donation of a shoebox assist the recipient child with a personalised shoebox filled with daily necessities, but also instils a sense of self-worth.

Donors and volunteers have also benefited from their involvement in the project. One of the many personal stories includes an incidence last year when organisers posted a story about a little girl who had been unable to return to her school due to her family’s financial difficulties.

Although the area Santa Shoebox co-ordinator made sure she received the shoebox, and after hearing the story, within minutes, the SSB supporter community asked how they could help and a donation mechanism was set up.

Within a few days, enough donations had been received to send her back to school, and a trust fund for her future education had been set up.

Anyone interested in volunteering or for more information on how to pledge a box must go to www.santa or contact Liana Erlank­ on 082 612 7772.

- Supplied.

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