St Johns is pleased to be supporting the Rotary Shoebox Scheme for Christmas 2018.
This year shoeboxes are once again being sent to disadvantaged children in Montenegro and Romania.
Originally started by North West Rotary clubs in 1994, the Rotary Shoebox Scheme was then intended to provide children of Lasi, in north-east Romania with Christmas gifts. Since then, the scheme has become a national project supported not only by Rotary clubs but also by individuals, schools, companies, churches, Inner Wheel, Rotaract & Interact etc.
What you need to know if preparing a shoebox (or two)
Box dimensions are: Length 30.5cm (12″) x Width 15cm (6″) x Depth 12.5cm (5″)
The boxes they are always short of, are for Teenagers and Households
Suggested Box contents and advice on what not to include (important)
Boys & Girls
Toys For Boys & Girls
Cars, trucks, etc, balls, complete jigsaws, action figures, colouring books, pens, crayons, Lego blocks, yo-yo, bubble blowers, wooden and plastic toys, building blocks, pencil case, pencil sharpener, dominoes, playdough / plasticine & cutters, fluffy toys, dolls, stickers, writing pads, skipping rope, scarf, mittens / gloves, hat, harmonica, games, cards.
Teenagers – For young people up to 18 years age
Sportswear, scarf, gloves, socks, hat, football memorabilia, writing materials, games, playing cards, tennis ball, toothbrush & paste, deodorants, comb, mirror, costume jewellery, make-up, hair brush, toiletries, school stationery, clothing repair kits, sketch pad, coloured pens/pencils
Household Goods For older folk & families
Scarves, gloves, hats, wrapped soap, toothpaste, toothbrush, disposable razors, shampoo, soap flakes, pan scourers, antiseptic cream, bandages, face or body creams, cosmetics, pens, writing pad & envelopes, T lights, candles, sewing kit, scissors
This is given to new mothers and can include baby wipes, baby shampoo, baby oil, talc powder, bonnet, bootees and mitts, baby grow, knitted matinee coat, small soft toy or plastic rattle etc. Age up to 12months
What Not to Include
Please do not include in boxes the following: Food, sweets, chocolate & drinks, battery operated toys, conflict-related items, matches, inflammable liquids, inflammable aerosols (e.g.: deodorants & hairspray), seeds or any other living material, automatic washing machine powders
For safety – Please securely sellotape tops of liquid containers. Protect anything sharp and do not put anything sharp into the Toys box.
More information is available at the Rotary Shoebox website