MORE ABOUT THE SANTA SHOEBOX PROJECT
The Santa Shoebox Project is a non-profit organization that collects Christmas gifts for the socially disadvantaged children throughout South Africa, by way of a social and community network of families, friends, schools and churches.
Established in 2006, it is an initiative of the Kidz2Kidz Trust, a registered Public Benefit Organization (PBO number 930031301 - Public Benefits Organization Kidz2Kidz Trust), that offers assistance to children in need.
The Santa Shoebox Project is instrumental in involving people from all walks of life, especially children together with their parents, in giving to children from a distinctly vulnerable social background who may never have received a Christmas gift before.
In essence it is therefore also about children learning the joy of giving, by personally choosing and filling the gift boxes, and then decorating and labeling each with the recipient’s name.
Uniquely, the donor knows the first name, age, gender, and care institution of the child the gift was bought for. The Santa Shoebox Project not only manages the network and distributes the gifts, but also provides content guidelines for each individual gift box, to ensure that every child receives an age appropriate gift. Typically this will comprise some practical necessities, such as toothpaste and toothbrush, face cloth and soap, as well as some sweets, educational supplies, a toy and an item of clothing.
Many people have a desire to contribute to their community or do their ‘little bit for charity’, but often don’t know where to start. The Santa Shoebox Project takes pride in channeling all that positive energy and goodwill into something that is credible, achievable, makes a real difference in a specific child’s life and leaves the donor feeling really good about him or herself.
Spearheaded by Kidz2Kidz founder, Dee Boehner, and coordinated by Irenè Pieters since 2007, the project has grown in leaps and bounds. It started in Cape Town (in 2006) with 180 Santa Shoeboxes, and grew to 2000 in 2007, 8000 in 2008 and 16 000 in 2009. In 2010 the project again more than doubled in size to close on 32 000+ Santa Shoeboxes, which were distributed to more than 350 children’s homes, crèches, educare centres and places of safety around the country, and extending as far as Botswana and Namibia.
HOW IT WORKS
To participate in this heart warming project and teach your own children and those around you the joy of giving, simply register online, where an easy step-by-step procedure will guide you through the process.
Donors need to:
Register on line as a donor at www.santashoebox.co.za when registration opens every year (usually 1 September)
Select a the name of a recipient of your choice (or more than one), as well as your most convenient drop-off point
Decorate and fill an individualised gift box according to the specified guidelines
Label the box with the recipient’s name
Deliver the Santa Shoebox to the selected, predetermined drop-off points on specified dates (usually mid- to end October), from where the Santa Shoeboxes are dispatched via courier (Laser Logistics) to the various homes and centres
Email the Santa Shoebox Project at email@example.com
MEDIA ENQUIRIES: FIVESTAR PR
Janie van der Spuy
Tel +27 21 462 1677