Fill a Box

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5 simple steps to follow

  1. Grab a Shoebox
    Or a Team Hope flat pack shoebox or plastic container would be great! Wrap the box and lid separately with Christmas paper
  2. Print Label (or use boy/girl sticker from leaflet) and choose who you want to give your Christmas Shoebox to and what age.
  3. Fill the box
    Get as creative as you like and have some fun with this ! – You can use our 4 W’s as a rough guide
  4. Close the box
    • Include €4 in your leaflet envelope either on top of the gifts or taped to the inside of the lid.
    • To make it easier you can
      donate your €4 on our secure on-line site.
    • With elastic band – please don’t seal with tape as we need to check contents to comply with regulations.
  5. Drop it off
    To your local drop off point closest to you

What can I put in my box?


Please put in a selection of small gifts from the options below: (but out of respect for the children we ask that all items be new, or good as new)


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Follow the 4W guidelines!

TO WRITEItems for school – like a pen, pencil, copy book, paper, colouring book, felt pens, sharpener, eraser, solar calculator.

TO WASHSome hygiene items – toothbrush and toothpaste, soap (wrapped please), facecloth, hairbrush, comb.

TO WEARSmall clothing items – a hat, scarf, gloves, socks or underwear

WOW!A treat – sunglasses, game, small Irish gift, a photo of yourself, sweets (must be in date until at least March 2019), make up, a small musical instrument, toys like a doll, a car, cuddly toy, skipping rope, yo-yo, a finger puppet… even a ball is fantastic.

Dealz stores natiowide, as well as many other independent retailers have great offers and ideas for filling your shoebox(es).

Please don’t put in …

Food (apart from sweets), chocolate, medicines of any kind, war related items, large clothing items, anything breakable, any liquids that could spill or freeze, sharp items, scary things (like halloween stuff, or skull and crossbones or books with words).

We reserve the right to remove any items listed above that are not suitable or dangerous for the receiving child.