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Be Part Of The 'Shoebox of Love' Initiative



This amazing initiative, commonly known as ‘Shoebox’, is an independent, accredited non-profit organisation run every year throughout South Africa. 

Founded in 2006, this year the Shoebox of Love drive will have supplied Shoeboxes to 22500 babies, children and old age pensioners over the last eight years.

Between the 17th of August and the 30th October each year, the public can register to ‘adopt’ one or more vulnerable and orphaned children. During the registration process you have the opportunity to choose the area you would like to supply your box or boxes to, which will be your drop off point.

Once you have registered and chosen a child to ‘adopt’ you will be provided with that child’s name, age, gender, grade at school and other important information, which will help you make up a customised gift box for them.

In 2013, Shoebox extended their programme to cover old-age pensioners at selected old age homes in Gauteng and the Western Cape. These gifts are not as personalised as the children’s. If you choose to ‘adopt’ a granny or a grandpa you will be sent guidelines on how to make up a care package of up to 12 gifts items to include. This year, the pensioner beneficiary’s are in the Western Cape only.

Once you have completed your Shoebox, it should be wrapped, the lid and box separately, with bright and cheerful wrapping paper and dropped off at your chosen drop off point. The shoeboxes will then be distributed throughout November and December.

This initiative makes a huge difference to those who need it the most, especially at such a festive time of year. With a R300 limit, to ensure everyone receives equal gift packages, it doesn't cost a lot to help someone in need and to supply him or her with a gift box of goodies and a smile at Christmas!


To register for your Shoebox of Love, visit their website here.


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Claire has a BA Hons Degree in Photography and Journalism, is passionate about writing, food, equal rights and all things African.
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