We ask people to join in with our Shoebox Appeal 2024 and fill a Shoebox for a family – not just a child. The list contains items for all family members and includes different items. These range from shower gel/shampoo, family games, stationary items, gift for mum and dad as well as sweets, soft toys, hats, scarves etc
Our Shoebox Appeal has been running since 1992. We have delivered smiles to thousands of people in Eastern Europe over the years. In fact, we have sent in total over 1,000,000 shoeboxes to hundreds of different locations!
It’s a really simple idea, anyone can get involved, and we are always keen to have more people join our national network of supporters.
We’re always looking for help from schools, churches and businesses, as well as individuals to join in with the Shoebox Appeal.
What makes our Shoebox Appeal 2024 different?
Your shoeboxes will go to the poorest people in Ukraine, Moldova, Bulgaria and Romania.
Unlike many other shoebox appeals, our scheme collects boxes for entire families and the elderly, so nobody’s left out.
We are small, yet established enough to have personal relationships with the individuals in Eastern Europe who work hard delivering your boxes. For transparency, we also carry out spot-checks to confirm that the right people are receiving your boxes.
We believe that sending shoeboxes shows love from British people to those in war-torn or poverty-stricken circumstances, regardless of their background, colour, creed or religion.
Donate your £3 per shoebox on behalf of yourself or the financial total of your groups/organisation/businesses shoeboxes eg 10 shoeboxes = £30 OR donate to the 2024 Family & Elderly Shoebox Appeal.
To send a cheque instead then please send it to Link to Hope, Link House, Ferring Street, Ferring, West Sussex, BN12 5JP. Please mark clearly who has sent it and the number of shoeboxes or the donation you would like to make.
To make a BACS payment our details are: Natwest, 60-24-31, Account No. 12677949. PLEASE PUT A REFERENCE ON YOUR PAYMENT
We would love to receive bulk purchases of items from our Shoebox Leaflet for our Shoebox Appeal 2024. Receiving items in bulk (ie more than one or two) would mean that we could make even more shoeboxes to be sent out to the people we support in Eastern Europe. Please send your bulk items to Shoebox Appeal, Link to Hope, Link House, Ferring Street, Ferring, West Sussex, BN12 5JP. Alternatively you could order items on line and have them sent directly to us. We also have an Amazon Wish List that you can use if you are shopping on line with them.
What should I send?
We would love to receive bulk purchases of items suitable to go into a Family or Elderly Shoebox. All of the items we would like to receive can be found on our Shoebox Appeal Leaflet 2024
Toothbrushes & Toothpaste
Candles & Holders
Small Games – Draughts/Playing Cards
Sweets/Chocolates – Packets
Soap & Flannels
Other items you could purchase and send us for the Shoebox Appeal
Small Toys – Yo-yo’s, Skipping Ropes, Toys cars etc
Gifts for parents – DIY tools, tape measures, lightweight head scarves, jewellery
Toiletries – Shampoo, new make up, moisturiser, hairbrushes
Reading Glasses, Wooden Cutlery, Sensory Items, Hot Water Bottles, Work Gloves, Socks & Tights (New), Wind Up Radio/Torch, Scissors, Nail Clippers etc
Receiving items in bulk (ie more than one or two) would mean that we could make even more shoeboxes to be send out to the people we support in Eastern Europe.
Please send you bulk items to Link to Hope, Link House, Ferring Street, Ferring, West Sussex, BN12 5JP
Alternatively you could order items on line and have them sent directly to us. We also have an Amazon Wish List that you can use if you are shopping on line with them. Obviously there are many other stores that you could purchase from such as The Works, The Range, Supermarkets, Poundland/Poundstretcher etc.
Family Shoebox Appeal
What’s in a typical Christmas shoebox gift for a family?
The families who receive your Christmas shoeboxes often have to choose between buying food or fuel. Buying presents is a low priority, as their homes often lack running water or are cold, damp and dark because they have no electricity. Our online Shoebox Appeal list mixes eleven essential and luxury items. For example:
Soap and flannel
Toothbrush and toothpaste
Candle and holder
Please note, we need a £3 donation with each Christmas shoebox to cover the cost of shipping it to the recipient.
Join in with the Shoebox Appeal and buy a family shoebox online
If you’re unable to make up a shoebox, but would like to donate one, you can make an online donation of £20 per shoebox. We will fill one for you and add a greeting card on your behalf. If you would like us to send you a photo of it, please let us know.
Due to the number of elderly people that are now being left alone due to their families leaving to work away, we have launched the Elderly Shoebox Appeal. The boxes are similar however the childrens games and education materials are replaced with a wind up torch, sensory items, candle and holder etc.
Our Shoebox Appeal send shoeboxes to Romania, Bulgaria, Moldova and Ukraine.
We are small enough that we have a personal relationship with all the key contacts in Eastern Europe who distribute your Shoeboxes and we do spot checks to ensure that your boxes are received by the correct people.
We are a Christian charity who believe in distributing love to those in need regardless of background, colour, creed or religion.
Why do we ask for Christmas shoeboxes for the elderly?
Many elderly people are left alone because their families had to flee or fight, or because they are in communities where employment is scarce, forcing their family members to move away to look for work. Many elderly people are left with nobody. Our Shoebox Appeal for the elderly people is a very powerful reminders that people genuinely care. The online Christmas shoebox list includes a range of much-needed items. For example, you might select:
Hot water bottle
Pen and paper
Soap and flannel
Toothbrush and toothpaste
Please remember, we also need a £3 donation to ship each shoebox to the elderly person.
Buy a Christmas shoebox online for an elderly person
If you would like to join in with the Shoebox Appeal, we will fill a Christmas shoebox for an elderly person on your behalf for £20 donation. We’ll include a Christmas card from you and, if you wish, we can send you a photograph of your shoebox.
Each month we are suggesting different items for people to buy to put in their shoebox. Please download our Link to Hope Family & Elderly Shoebox Calendar that give you lots of suggestions for 2024.
Link to Hope do Family and Elderly Shoeboxes. We do not do childrens shoeboxes. There are many excellent charities that do, but we believe that everyone deserves a present at Christmas time. We always ask for people to put similar items in each and every box. It can be a real challenge, but our box stuffers are always equal to the task! Over the years we’ve found the recipients really appreciate those items which meet their most immediate, and mostly practical, needs.
We are unable to accept any of the following items you may have put in due to the customs in each country – FOOD, PACKETS OF PARACETAMOL OR ANY OTHER MEDICINES, ANY BOOKS, TEA/COFFEE, OUT OF DATE ITEMS, TINS OF SARDINES/BAKED BEANS, BISCUITS AND ANY ITEMS OF CLOTHING EXCEPT FOR HATS/GLOVES/SCARVES etc. NO UNDERWEAR OR SANITARY ITEMS
Shoebox Appeal – 7 Steps
1. Order this years shoebox leaflets at Shoebox Registration 2024
2. Gather the items listed in the BLUE box. These items should try to go in every shoebox regardless of whether it is a Family or Elderly Shoebox. Then choose 5 or more of the items in the RED or PURPLE Box and put them in your shoebox. There should be a minimum of 11 different items in your shoebox
3. Tick everything you have put into your box and whether it is a Family or an Elderly Shoebox.
PLEASE REMEMBER TO NOT PUT IN ANY FOOD (INCL. BISCUITS), MEDICINES, BOOKS, TEA/COFFEE OR OUT OF DATE ITEMS, NO SANITARY ITEMS OR UNDERWEAR. ALSO NO ITEMS FOR UNDER 3 YEARS OLD’S – THIS IS DUE TO CUSTOM REGULATIONS.
4. Now wrap the entire box in wrapping paper. If you want to wrap the lid and box separately please make sure it is securely sellotaped and an elastic band is put around it. This is to stop them opening during transit.
5. Tape the contents list (the one where you have ticked all the items) to the shoebox only on the yellow strips where indicated.
6. Fold over the leaflet and if you pay tax please complete and sign the attached Gift Aid Form. Please tape down where indicated and attach £3. NB This is the first increase for 18 years. Costs have gone up but there is also another reason – please read about it here.
7. Lastly please go to our Getting Shoeboxes to us page to find your nearest drop off point.
We thought it would be a good idea to create a crafting page where we can put up ideas on how to make items for your shoeboxes. Rather than re-invent the wheel we will be putting up links to videos, pages and tutorials that give you step to step guides to how to do things. Please note that these websites are just for guidance and you can of course use any other site that you find. NB By linking to these websites we are not endorsing their views.
First up is knitting and crocheting. In a shoebox we only need these sorts of items – hats/gloves/scarves/headband/slippers. The only other knitted/crochet item we need is knee blankets that will go with your shoebox but not in it.
Please do not knit items of clothing such as jumpers, baby matinee jackets or anything for under three years old. Also nothing in pastel colours please as it is just so impractical for the person that receives them.
Simple Tote Bag
A DIY Make Up Bag
DIY Tool Bag (from a placemat)
Knitted Puppets Pattern
Fantastically simple tote bag
Fleece Ear Warmer Headband
Getting boxes to us
There are many ways to get your boxes to us. We can collect, you can bring them to our warehouse directly & you can also drop them to an Area Receiver – See map for drop off points
If you have more than 80 boxes and unable to take them to an Area Receiver please fill in our SHOEBOX PICK UP FORM by the 1st November 2024. We cannot arrange a collection after that date