Thank you report 2019

Last year we sent a fantastic 270,488 Christmas Shoebox gifts to children across Eastern Europe and Sub-Saharan Africa. Here you can read the stories from some of the children, see what your Christmas Shoebox gift really means to them and how it can impact their life – bringing joy, happiness and hope to their lives.

Shoebox stories

Your Shoebox gifts were sent to thirteen countries, from as far across Eastern Europe in Belarus to Burkina Faso in the heart of Africa.

Matthew from Malawi

Matthew was delighted when he found two exercise books, three pens and some crayons in his Christmas Shoebox. He was so thankful to whoever gave him gifts he could use for school. For Matthew and many children in Malawi, ‘education is the key to success’.

Ana and her children from Romania

Ana is the mother of 4 children. She was overwhelmed with tears when her children opened their Christmas Shoeboxes and expressed such joy at the love that had been put into each Christmas Shoebox. Ana would never have been able to give gifts like these to her children. She was so grateful!

Sarah from the DR Congo

This photo was taken about five months after Sarah opened her Christmas Shoebox and found a dress fit for a princess. As you can see she loved it so much she never took it off, it was a dream come true!

Ivan from Transnistria

Ivan smiled from ear to ear when he opened his Christmas Shoebox and found sunglasses. He put them on straight away. “I look cool!” he said. He tried to use as many of his gifts as he could while wearing his cool sunglasses.

Claudia from Burundi

Claudia was thrilled to open her Christmas Shoebox and find a scarf as the nights can get quite cold. She felt so loved when she realised the scarf had been hand knitted just for her! She was also so grateful to receive a dozen pairs of underwear and socks which she needed.

Rhoda from Malawi

Rhoda loves to spend most of her time with her friends. When she opened her Christmas Shoebox she saw so many wonderful gifts of love and what she used most of all was a tennis ball. This meant she could play lots of games with her friends and share in the fun! Gifts like these make a great impact on children like Rhoda.

Ntokozo & Owethu from Eswatini

Ntokozo and his younger brother Owethu could not hold back their joy as they opened their Christmas Shoeboxes and found something to wear, something to write with, something to wash with and to something to wow them. Owethu’s ‘wow gift’ was a yellow toy car which he couldn’t put down and stop showing his big brother.

David & Alexandru from Romania

David & Alexandru’s Christmas Shoeboxes were like treasure chests of love, joy and hope which they never could have dreamed of having. They found a tube of blow bubbles each in their Christmas Shoeboxes. They were mesmerised at the creation of bubbles which they had never seen before.

Where did your shoebox go?

Centre Name Destination Country Boxes
Albania Kosovo 1,550
Athlone Belarus 2,147
Balina Burundi 2,598
Ballinrobe Burundi 3,393
Bandon Ukraine 2,711
Buncrana Romania & Ukraine 2,679
Carlow Eswanti (Swaziland) & Burundi 5,134
Castleblayney Albania 2,773
Castleknock (D15) Albania 1,841
Celbridge Eswanti (Swaziland) 9,204
Charleville Kosovo 4,690
Clonmel Romania 4,451
Cootehill, Cavan Albania 6,454
Cork City Malawi & Ukraine 11,140
Drogheda Eswanti (Swaziland) & Lesotho 3,009
Dublin North DR Congo & Albania 12,603
Dublin South Burkina Faso, Burundi, Transnistria & Romania 22,680
Dublin South West Burundi & Transnistria 4,495
Dundalk Eswanti (Swaziland) & Lesotho 3,069
Dunfanaghy Romania & Ukraine 450
Dungloe Romania & Ukraine 2,554
Ennis Eswanti (Swaziland) 6,039
Enniscorthy Eswanti (Swaziland) & Albania 9,678
Ennistymon Eswanti (Swaziland) 1,364
Fermoy Ukraine 4,220
Galway City Eswatini, Ukraine & Kosovo 16,036
Greystones Kosovo 3,878
Kells Eswanti (Swaziland) 3,779
Kilkenny Eswanti (Swaziland) 8,703
Killarney Malawi 4,750
Leitrim North Romania 2,967
Letterkenny Romania & Ukraine 6,032
Limerick Ukraine & Burundi 9,988
Listowel Malawi 4,414
Monaghan Town Belarus 2,236
Mountcollins Ukraine 3,211
Mullingar Lesotho 7,412
Nenagh Ukraine 5,031
Newbridge Malawi 7,905
Northern Ireland Ukraine 4,916
Online Donations Kenya 311
Portlaoise Ukraine 5,732
Portnoo Romania & Ukraine 2,035
Roscommon Kosovo 4,037
Skibbereen Transinstria 4,023
Sligo Romania 4,687
Thurles Transinstria 3,876
Trim Burundi 3,014
Tuam Belarus 3,641
Tullamore Ukraine 5,072
Waterford City Romania 4,855
Westport Burundi 7,021