I'm taking part in the Santa Shoebox Project for the first time this year.
I'm putting together boxes for two teenage girls. It's been fun going shopping for teen girls, but I really struggled in the clothing department. I have the sizes of the girls, but body shapes can differ so much so I decided dresses would be the safest option. I decided to get casual dresses so that they can get a lot of use out of them.
One of the required categories is "Toys". This can also seem like a difficult section, but the Santa Shoebox Pinterest page has very helpful boards with suggestions for al the different age groups. I bought a handbag and some cosmetics for both the girls.
I'll share some photos of the finished boxes on Instagram if you're curious to see what I got. I hope I can fit everything in! :)
Update: I bought way more than can fit into the boxes so I'm going to get pretty tops instead of dresses. I wanted to pledge an additional box, but the quota has been reached for Hermanus so I'm going to take along the extra items to be added to boxes with items missing.
You can read all about the project below. 83% of the target of 100 000 boxes have been pledged so far. This year you can even buy a pre-packed box online making it so easy to contribute even if you don't have time to pack a box yourself.
The Santa Shoebox Project kicks-off on the 1st of September, with the goal to collect 100 000 gifts for underprivileged children across the country and Namibia this year.
Over the past nine years, this inspiring non-profit organisation has collected almost half a million (456 004) ‘Santa Shoeboxes’ for children from vulnerable social backgrounds. With the support from sponsors PEP Stores, StorAge, Laser Logistics, the CTICC and Pick ‘n Pay, this year’s target is once again 100 000 gifts, which will be dispatched to a thousand orphanages, children’s homes and care centres across the country, and as far as Namibia, just in time to place a smile on as many young faces over the festive season.
With ‘Giving for Good’ as this year’s theme, the Santa Shoebox Project offers people from all walks of life the chance to participate in a profoundly valuable and personal experience that enriches both the lives of those doing the giving, and those on the receiving end. This year the goal is to go beyond this challenge with innovative new initiatives that take ‘giving for good’ beyond the boundaries of the shoebox drive, aiming to make positive changes in the lives of these children – for ‘good’, through a number of new pipeline projects. These includes a Virtual Box on-line shopping option managed by Pick ‘n Pay, providing an opportunity for individuals outside of the main centres to take part too, and for corporates to get involved in sponsoring Santa Shoeboxes in larger quantities.
Enter into the spirit of the Festive Season and register on-line at www.santashoebox.org.za. Donors may choose the name of a child or children they’d like to give their Santa Shoebox/es to. Age appropriate gift boxes then have to be filled according to the guidelines provided on the website. These include some practical necessities such as toothpaste and toothbrush, face cloth and soap, as well as sweets, educational supplies, a toy and a clothing outfit.
The Santa Shoeboxes will be collected at central Drop-Off points all over South Africa at the end of October. The Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) will once again be the central Drop-Off zone where Capetonians may deliver their gift wrapped Santa Shoeboxes between 23 and 25 October, and donors and their children may look forward to lots of fun and live entertainment throughout the weekend. (Details and directions to be provided on the website)
MORE ABOUT THE SANTA SHOEBOX PROJECT
With ‘share the joy of giving’ as the essence of the project, the Santa Shoebox Project offers people from all walks of life the chance to participate in a profoundly valuable and personal experience, enriching the lives of both those doing the giving, and those on the receiving end. Donors are encouraged to involve their own children in the process of personally selecting the name of a child from one of the centres or children’s homes, and putting together his or her individualized, age appropriate Santa Shoebox gift. Uniquely, this means each participant knows the first name, age and gender of the child. Gift boxes have to be filled according to the guidelines provided on the Santa Shoebox website, and include some practical necessities such as toothpaste and toothbrush, face cloth and soap, as well as sweets, educational supplies, a toy and an outfit of clothing. Donors and volunteers agree that it is this personal touch that endears the project to adults and children year on year.
Register online now as a donor to receive newsletters and 2015 notifications: www.santashoebox.org.za