Shoebox Collection 2020

STOP PRESS: First filled shoebox for 2020 received!

Last year Rotary Wessex (Hampshire and east Dorset) distributed over 26.000 shoeboxes full of goodies to delight children in Montenegro, Moldova, Albania and the Philippines who live in poverty. To make sure they don’t go astray Rotarians supervise the whole process including volunteers going to the countries to make sure the boxes get to the children. Philippines boxes go to a charity set up by a Rotarian that we know, so they will not go astray.


We have been told by recipients of shoeboxes, who have now grown up, of the excitement with which they were opened and what treasured memories they have of that special gift


Its great fun to get involved in putting together a shoebox.


Ideas below of what can you put in your box, things for:


Playing - ball, skipping rope, small games, cards, dominoes, harmonicas/recorders, cars, small toys, Cuddly toy 

Washing - soap, toothbrush   

Writing - pens, pencils, sharpener, notebook, colouring book, puzzle book

Wearing – hat, gloves, scarf, socks, hair accessories, jewellery

Items need to be new or in good/as new condition.

Please - No liquids, sharp items, guns or war toys

Boxes for either Boys or Girls, ages, 1-3,  4-7,  8-11,  12-15

Just use elastic bands to secure your box so it can be checked by customs

Forms to attach to your box and further info and small print on our website and Social media.


Remember that recipients will be opening the box in eager anticipation of finding it full of toys and useful items, possibly the first gifts they have received. 

One girl, aged 8 was thrilled to receive the first doll of her own, and said: “it is the most beautiful doll I ever saw. I will dress her and take care of her; I never had a doll before.”


A 10 year old boy received a baseball cap and wore it all afternoon showing the dispatch team saying “I look so cool.”

Why not get your workplace, church, club, your school, Scout, Cubs, Brownie & Guide groups, your children, grandchildren or just you involved, start now so with your help Christmas time can be special for these children who don’t have a lot and spread a little joy


Please also attach coins to the value of £1.50p to each box for transport cost.    

Drop off your box at the venues below

by 19th October 2020


Eden Mazda Basingstoke, London Road, Old Basing, Basingstoke, Hampshire, RG24 7JD

Oakley Carpets, Station Yard, Andover Road, Oakley RG23 7HA

Parnell, Jordy & Harvey - Estate Agent, 5 Winchester Street, Overton, RG25 3HR

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(If you are a Rotarian, please name your club.)