Some of the volunteers helping out last year
Children across Eastern Europe are awaiting for the arrival of shoe boxes filled with Christmas surprises from Kildare, with just three days left until the collection deadline.
The Team Hope Christmas Shoe box appeal is well underway and the organisers are hoping people will get behind this unique venture.
Last year, some 7,290 shoeboxes from South Kildare were checked, packed into 825 cartons, and filled a 40ft container to capacity to be shipped to Eastern Europe from a depot in Newbridge very kindly loaned by Open Arms Church, Newbridge. This work was done by a small team of volunteers.
"This year we are aiming to increase the number of boxes from this region and are asking for your help in this endeavour to bring joy and happiness to even more children,” said voluntary organiser Breda Healy. “We are very grateful to the management of Ladytown Business Park, who have allowed us the use of a premises beside Indoor Golf as the depot for processing our Christmas Shoeboxes this year.”
The closing date for receiving filled shoeboxes is this Friday, November 11. If you would like to help at the depot checking the shoeboxes phone Breda at 0868477620.
Your filled Christmas Shoe boxes can be left in Naas at Axa Insurance, Dublin Rd; Healy Tyres, Monread Road; Parish Centre; in Newbridge at the Parish Centre and Red Cross Shop; at the Parish Centre Kildare and Axa Insurance, Athy, or phone 0868477620 for collection.
Shoe boxes should be covered with Christmas wrapping paper but with the lid and box separate to allow checking. Items included can be toys, sweets, soap, a cuddly toy, toothbrush, colouring books, copy books, stationery and something to wear like a hat or tshirt. No liquids, chocolate, war toys, books with words, sharp toys and items that require batteries.