Collecting shoe boxes for less-fortunate children is an easy and popular activity during the Christmas season; however, many charities collect shoe boxes throughout the year. These shoe boxes are filled with gifts and delivered to children who live in poverty conditions anywhere in the world. You can collect shoe boxes by enlisting the help of family, friends and local businesses.
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Select a charity. Numerous shoebox charities exist. Churches or other religious organisations may also participate in shoebox drives.
Determine the number of boxes needed. Often the charity will provide a target number of boxes it would like to receive. Use this number to decide if you would like to make this a family project or enlist the help of others.
Solicit businesses for shoe boxes. Contact local shoe stores, department stores or super centres for donated shoe boxes. Ask if they also would be willing to donate toys or other goods to go into the shoe boxes.
Spread the word. Contact local schools, organisations and other charities to find out if they are willing to participate in your shoebox drive. If two schools are willing to participate, create a friendly competition to see which school can collect more shoe boxes.
Enlist the help of friends. Tell them about the project, and ask them to collect and donate shoe boxes.
Put family to work. If you have children, ask them to donate small, clean toys for the shoe boxes. Get them to recruit friends to donate toys and boxes.
Pack and wrap the boxes. Pack the boxes with toys, school supplies and personal care items. Some charities and organisations provide a list of specific items to be included in the boxes. Many charities encourage including handwritten notes with words of encouragement. Wrap the boxes when filled. Shoebox charities often require the shoe boxes to be covered with wrapping paper.
Collect and drop off the boxes. Adhere to any deadlines given by the charities.
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