Welcome to Day 5 of Blogmas!
For today’s post, I wanted to write about the Christmas Shoebox project that I participated in a little while ago.
When I was younger, my Nan and I did some of these and when my friend suggested it this year, I really wanted to do it again.
If you haven’t heard about it, the Christmas Shoebox appeal is an opportunity for you to pack a small shoe box full of things like toys, hygiene items and notebooks and pens for a child in need somewhere in the world for them to receive as a Christmas present.
Although there are quite a few charities that do this, you can find more information about this from Samaritan’s Purse here. I’m not religious but I wanted to do this anyway, to give a child a Christmas present and allow them to have things that I took for granted throughout my childhood.
The charity provides a list of things that are acceptable and you choose the age and gender of the child you would like to do a box for and buy enough to fill it. This is such a good way to give back over Christmas. It really doesn’t cost very much money – I think it cost us around £10 each.
We bought things like a notebook, pens, soap, a hat, a teddy bear and some hairbands. Its not much but its a few simple things that a child would like, and perhaps need.
I know things like this aren’t for everyone and people like to give back in different ways but I thought I would write a post about this to bring attention to this lovely way of helping a child in need, bringing Christmas to them.
As far as I know, the opportunity to pack your own shoe box and hand it in has passed this year but its a good idea to keep in mind for next year. Also, there is the option to pack a shoe box online in which you choose the items you want to put in it and pay for them, but someone else packs it and sends it off for you. This is a much easier option if you don’t have the time to actually put it together yourself as it would barely take any time at all.
This is a bit of a different Blogmas post today but I really wanted to write about this in case anyone is interested. Its such a lovely thing to do for other people over the Christmas season.
If you have any ways of helping charities over Christmas, I would love to hear them. Its so nice to think of other people while enjoying the festivities.