In the leadup to Christmas, it's a nice time to ponder participating in a Christmas charity to make someone smile that has very little to smile about. Why not spend some of those rental roll proceeds on someone else.
This year, I've decided to participate in the Christmas Shoe Box charity this year. I am surprised how much you can get into a shoe box if you really try! In the interest of inspiring others to participate in this xmas charity or another xmas charity, my shoebox contains: Lego inside a 1-Litre tuppaware container (without rubber seals or flimsy hinges that will hinder longevity), Lego board, pamphlets from lego packet, pencilcase, pencils, pens, sharpener, exercise books, toy jeep, tennis ball, hat, shorts, shirt, undergarments and socks, facewasher, haircomb, 2 x toothbrush, 1 x toothbrush container, 1 x soap, 1 x soap container. I've opted for the "Boys 5-9" category, mostly due to my being convinced Lego must be involved. I bought clothes suitable for a 10 year old so the child can get a few years use out of the garments. The box my mum is putting together has all sorts of cool stuff, including a wind-up torch. Have to say, today was the funnest shopping day I've had in ages. Saw so much cool stuff that could be sent. Rays tent city has footies and mini hand pumps for instance. For anyone deciding on a charity like this, remember to get onto it right away as the organizers have to post things before the end of October in order to arrive in time for Christmas.
It's annoying I can't fit more in the box! Apparently thongs (ie flipflops… footwear ) are a much sought-after commodity. Apparently they are a great thing to include, as the children can wear them when crossing the river on the way to school.
I'm really interested to see the power of the internet in action. Please post here with comments of what nice thing you choose to do for someone less fortunate this Christmas!
Happy Christmas to allCatalystParticipant@catalystJoin Date: 2008Post Count: 1,404
I'm doing this also this year. I took some to work and lots of staff filled one.
I had fun shopping too. A variety store was closing down near me and had 70% off everything so I bought Tshirts, pencil cases etc. Bargain. I ended up filling 4 boxes. Things were so cheap I couldn't help myself.
I love it.
Kiva is a great charity too if you are looking for one. You "lend" entrepreneurs money then they pay it back and you lend it again. It's great because you keep lending it over and over and in doing so help people gain independence.
Ever the procrastinator, I have decided to remove the tennis ball, and reduce to 1 pair of socks instead of 2, and reduce to one pair of undergarments instead of 2…. in order to make way for a pair of thongs (flipflops – footwear).
@catalyst – nice one matie. You've inspired me. I think I'll get a few shoeboxes and fill them throughout the year as things go on special.
Will check out Kiva also
The shoe box thing is a great idea, I am going to share this with Mrs Dub's and I'm Sure we can put a few boxes together each year.
Good share !
We were surprised to find that the nearest drop off point for us is in Bowen, fortunately we love driving and it's only a couple of hours away.
Mrs Dub's thinks this is a great charity idea !
It's worth calling the Bowen dropoff centre and asking if any church groups near you are doing collections. You could drop off nearer to home if so.