Shoe Box Appeal 2015


Can you help put a smile on the face of a child disadvantaged through poverty or war this Christmas?

Please fill a shoe box with gifts for needy children and help the Samaritans’ Operation Christmas Child – Shoe Box Appeal 2015.

We’ll give you a leaflet with instructions and details of what can and what can’t be sent (this is very important).

Get an empty medium sized shoebox, wrapping the lid and box separately in colourful wrapping paper.

Attach the appropriate boy/girl sticker from the leaflet, marking if your gift is for a boy or a girl. Select an age category 2-4, 5-9 or 10-14 and attach the label to the top of your shoe box.

Wrap your box (lid and box separately).

Add a ‘wow’ item such as a doll, cuddly toy or deflated football with pump. Now fill your shoe box with a selection of fun toys, hygiene items (for example, toothbrush and toothpaste, bars of wrapped soap, comb or hairbrush, flannel), school supplies (pens, pencils etc) and 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 of the following year)).

Do not include used or damaged items, war related items such as toy guns, play soldiers or knives; chocolate or other food items; 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.

Please put a donation of £3.00 in an envelope on top of your gifts in the box. This helps to cover the transportation and promotion costs.

Fix the appropriate boy or girl sticker from the leaflet on the lid of the box and tick the age group you’ve chosen.

Cheques should be made payable to ‘Samaritan’s Purse’, or donate online at More information and suggestions for what to put in your shoe box can also be found on the website.

Place a rubber band around each closed shoe box and take it to a local drop-off location. Filled boxed should be ready by 1 November please. Thank you so much.

Contact information

Pat Snell
Telephone 01373 836 280