What is a Christmas shoe box?

A Christmas shoe box is a festively decorated shoe box filled with presents and hand delivered by our team and partners at CASA Grace to an under privileged child in Romania.

Where are the shoeboxes going?

The Christmas boxes you donate this year will be driven, by lorry, to the city of Oradea in Romania. They will then be distributed by an organisation called ‘CASA GRACE’, who help families in need, in the city and the surrounding villages of Oradea. They are a team of social workers who help give families better opportunities for their future. The families they support will never be able to give their children gifts, but that can change with your support. Help put a smile on the parents faces this year, when they know that their children are going to be receiving a gift.

Your shoebox makes a difference

Your shoe box could change one child’s life this Christmas and give them the hope they needed! Don’t let this opportunity pass by – give hope to someone this Christmas.

Who do I give my shoebox to?

We will be collecting your shoeboxes at Keynsham Elim church. If you need help transporting your shoeboxes to this location (we will come and collect from schools), then please do not hesitate to contact us.

Promotional resources for schools and workplaces

We have produced a flyer and a poster to help promote our annual shoe box appeal. If you require such material, you can download them below:


Deadline

We need all shoeboxes by Sunday 18th November. You can also bring shoeboxes on our thanksgiving Sunday service at 5pm-7pm Sunday 18th November.

Have a question?

If you have any questions, please contact Rachel Lee. You can also contact the church via our contact page.

How to make a shoebox

Firstly, all shoe boxes must be wrapped in Christmas paper and, where possible, wrap the box and the lid separately. Then please label your box with the gender and appropriate age and fill it with age appropriate gifts for that age:

Essentials for all ages:

  • £2 or a donation towards travel – Put inside the box, in an envelope marked ‘Donation towards transport of shoebox’.
  • Tooth paste
  • Tooth brush
  • Flannel/shower scrunchie
  • Soap
  • Sweets/chocolate
  • Gloves
  • Hat
  • Scarf
  • Items of luxury

Suggestions for different age groups

0-3 years old

  • Soft toys
  • Picture books
  • Rattles
  • Baby clothes/shoes

4-7 years old

  • Plastic toys
  • Toy cars
  • Felt tips, notebook
  • Colouring book
  • Teddy’s

8-12 years old

  • Bracelet and necklace making kit
  • Craft making
  • Loom bands
  • Scoobies
  • Note books
  • Pens

13-18 years old

  • Body wash
  • Shampoo, conditioner
  • Baseball caps
  • Jewellery/bracelets (both boys and girls)
  • Hair accessories
  • Small bags
  • Sports items
  • Brain teaser puzzles
  • Tool kit or screw drivers (Boys)

Adults (parents)

  • Brain teaser puzzles
  • Baseball caps
  • Tool kit or screw driver
  • Male bracelet
  • Chocolate
  • Ladies scarves
  • Sewing kit

Please try and pack your Christmas shoeboxes as full to the brim. Imagine you were going to be opening the shoebox, what would you love to see inside? You would want it to be packed full of all your favourite goodies. This may be the only gift they will ever receive so make it the BEST one that they will ever receive.


17th September 2018
The 2018 Romania Shoebox Appeal is underway. Your shoebox could change a child’s life this Christmas and give them the hope they need. Don’t let this opportunity pass by – give hope to someone this…
9th July 2018
​The Romania team have arrived in Oradea ahead of this year's summer camp, and now are leading the first part of the camp with the younger group of children.
22nd June 2018
A two man team are walking 102 miles around the Isle of Man in sponsorship of our summer camp for disadvantaged children in Romania.