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.
Your Shoebox gifts were sent to thirteen countries, from as far across Eastern Europe in Belarus to Burkina Faso in the heart of Africa. For more photos and stories of the joy you helped create do please read on, or click here to read or print out a short report on last years campaign
Romania, Ana & her children
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!
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.
Eswatini, Ntokozo & Owethu
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.
Romania, David & Alexandru
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.