Shoebox Appeal

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download and print our latest shoebox leaflet  and shoebox poster

Box content ideas

There are 5 types of shoeboxes each aimed at a different age group, below are some ideas of the contents which would be suitable for the various recipients.

2-4 years

comb, hairbrush, hair slides, ribbons, soap, sponge / flannel, talc, toothbrush / paste, packs / tubes of sweets, biscuits, small toys, colouring books, crayons, notepad, pencils, rubber, ruler, sharpener, greeting card, photo of donor, baseball cap, warm hat / gloves, body warmer, t-shirt, shorts, socks, tights, underwear.

5-9 years

comb, hairbrush, hair slides, mirror, necklace / pendant, ribbons, shampoo, soap, sponge / flannel, talc, toothbrush / paste, packs / tubes of sweets, biscuits, small toys, colouring books, crayons, felt tips, paints / brushes, notepad, pencils, pens, rubbers, rulers, scissors (only round ended safety scissors), sellotape, sharepener, greeting card, photo of donor, baseball cap, warm hat / gloves, body warmer, t shirt, shorts, football boots, socks, tights, underwear, headscarf.

10-14 years

aerosol / deodorant, comb, hairbrush, hair slides, lipstick, mirror, nail varnish, necklace / pendant, ribbons, sanitary towels, shampoo, soap, sponge / flannel, talc, toothbrush / paste,  packs / tubes of sweets, biscuits, dried foods, pasta / rice, small toys, sewing kit (including needle & thread), colouring books, compass, crayons, felt tips, glue sticks, paints / brushes, notepad, pencils, pens, rubbers, rulers, scissors, sellotape, sharepener, greeting card, photo of donor, baseball cap, warm hat / gloves, body warmer, t shirt, shorts, football boots, socks, tights, underwear, headscarf.

15+ years

aerosol / deodorant, comb, hairbrush, hair slides, lipstick, mirror, nail varnish, necklace / pendant, ribbons, sanitary towels, shampoo, soap, sponge / flannel, talc, toothbrush / paste, packs / tubes of sweets, biscuits, dried foods, pasta / rice, small toys, sewing kit (including needle & thread), compass, crayons, felt tips, glue sticks, paints / brushes, notepad, pencils, pens, rubbers, rulers, scissors, sellotape, sharepener, greeting card, photo of donor, baseball cap, warm hat / gloves, body warmer, t shirt, shorts, football boots, socks, tights, underwear, headscarf.

Pensioners

aerosol / deodorant, comb, hairbrush, hair slides, lipstick, mirror, nail varnish, shampoo, soap, sponge / flannel, talc, toothbrush / paste, packs / tubes of sweets, biscuits, dried foods, pasta / rice, sewing kit (including needle & thread), notepad, pencils, pens, rubbers, rulers, scissors, sellotape, sharepener, greeting card, photo of donor, baseball cap, warm hat / gloves, body warmer, t shirt, shorts, socks, tights, underwear, headscarf.

Please do 

  • wrap the box and its lip separately so it can be lifted off
  • use an elastic band to hold them together
  • use gift wrap paper
  • fill the box with gifts suitable for your chosen person
  • clearly label the lid with your chosen age range

Please do not

  • wrap individual items
  • include medicines
  • vitamins
  • matches
  • perishables
  • reading books
  • anything worn or broken
  • war toys
  • items needing batteries
  • glass or fragile items
  • tinned meat or fish
  • items that may spill and spoil the rest of the contents

Boxes can be taken to any of our charity shops, to the warehouse in Longton or you can contact your local organiser to arrange bulk collections.

thank you for these gifts!

thank you for these gifts!