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THANK YOU SOUTH AFRICA! THE COUNTDOWN IS ON TO TAKE THE SANTA SHOEBOX PROJECT BEYOND 100 000!!

October 11, 2013

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Thanks to the kind-hearted, unwavering support of thousands of people across South Africa, in less than 40 days the Santa Shoebox Project has managed to reach its target of collecting 100 000 festive season gifts that will be donated to individual children, in more than a thousand children homes, orphanages, and other child care institutions across the country.

 

Going beyond the 100 000 target for the first time, many centres can only now start focusing on their long waiting lists, as there are still thousands of children waiting to hear whether they will be receiving a festive season gift this year.

 

A final sprint is therefore needed to make many more little hearts happy and the countdown is on – with only two weeks to go until the gift wrapped Santa Shoeboxes need to be dropped off at central distribution points across South Africa.

 

The organizers are therefore making a final appeal to donors to pledge a gift box right now – in time to make the deadline dates that range between the 18th of October and the 2nd of November.  Both Stellenbosch and the greater Johannesburg area are in special need of support, and here the volunteer networks are working around the clock to bring in the numbers needed.

 

The Santa Shoebox Project has been collecting gifts for thousands of children from vulnerable social backgrounds for the past seven years. ‘Reaching the rural child’ is the essence of this year’s campaign, with the focus on increasing support to caregiving facilities in small towns and farming communities.

 

Donors can register and pledge on-line at www.santashoebox.co.za and then choose the name of a child or children they’d like to give their Santa Shoebox/es to. Age appropriate gift boxes then have to be filled according to the guidelines provided on the website, and include some practical necessities such as toothpaste and toothbrush, face cloth and soap, as well as sweets, educational supplies, a toy and an item of clothing.

 

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SANTA SHOEBOX PUBLICITY; THE NEW AGE – MEDIA & MARKETING (10 JULY 2013) P21

July 31, 2013

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THANK YOU EVERYONE! SANTA SHOEBOX PROJECT ON TARGET ONCE AGAIN

November 28, 2012

The Santa Shoebox Project, with its vision of people connecting through the ‘Joy of Giving,’ once again reached its goal this year, collecting just under 100 000 (99 470) gifts for children at over 900 orphanages, crèches and care centres across the country – thanks to the support of thousands of individuals, schools and members of the business sector.

The emphasis this year was on extending the Santa Shoebox support network to small towns and farming communities in the country, and according to National Coordinator Irene’ Pieters, 70% of the new facilities added to the distribution network this year, are based in the outlying areas of cities and towns across South Africa.

Major sponsors this year included Laser Logistics, PEP, Aspire Solutions, Fairheads Trust, BulkSMS, Mpact, and KingJames to name a few, as well as FIVESTAR PR, the agency that provides PR services for the project on a pro bono basis.

The 2012 project will end off on a high note at the end of November, when the final Santa Shoebox Celebrations take place at homes and care centres in each of the nine provinces, making thousands of little hearts beat faster with joy. Now Pieters and her team are looking ahead to 2013, and will be focusing on expanding their support to include even more centres and schools in the rural areas, where many children have never before received a gift at Christmas time.

Says Pieters: ‘We are blessed to be supported by so many thousands of people, who made this year’s target possible. Recognition and heartfelt thanks is also due to the dedicated volunteer co-ordinators in each area, who work alongside us to make the project a success each year. We simply couldn’t do it without them.’

MORE ABOUT THE SANTA SHOEBOX PROJECT

With ‘share the joy of giving’ as the essence of the project, the Santa Shoebox Project offers people from all walks of life the chance to participate in a profoundly valuable and personal experience, enriching the lives of those doing the giving and those on the receiving end. Donors are encouraged to involve their own children in the process of personally selecting a child from one of the centres or homes, and putting together his or her individualized, age appropriate Santa Shoebox gift. Uniquely, this means each participant knows the first name, age, gender and care institution of the child, and it is this personal touch that endears the project to adults and children from all walks of life.

Register online as a donor now to receive newsletters and 2013 notifications: http://www.santashoebox.co.za

http://www.santashoebox.co.za
Email enquiries: info@santashoebox.co.za
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A SHOEBOX FILLED WITH JOY

March 5, 2012

Bring joy to a child during the festive season, and participate in the 2012 Santa Shoebox Project, a non-profit organization, which has been collecting Christmas gifts for thousands of underprivileged children since 2006.

The target for 2012 is 100 000 shoeboxes, to be dispatched to more than 600 children’s homes, orphanages and other child care institutions across the country – with emphasis this year on extending to small towns and farming communities in the country, who are in desperate need of assistance.

The heart-warming Santa Shoebox Project is an initiative of the Kidz2Kidz Trust, a registered Public Benefit Organization (PBO number 930031301 – Public Benefits Organization Kidz2Kidz Trust), that offers assistance to children in need. The project was recently granted a Section 18A tax status.

With ‘teach your child the joy of giving’ as the essence of the project, the Santa Shoebox Project is instrumental in involving people from all walks of life, especially children together with their parents, in giving to children from a distinctly vulnerable social background who may never have received a Christmas gift before. Parents are encouraged to involve their kids who then personally choose and fill the gift boxes, and then decorate and label each with the recipient’s name.

Spearheaded by Kidz2Kidz founder Dee Boehner and coordinated by Irene’ Pieters since 2007, joint winners of the 2011 GLAMOUR Women of the Year Awards in the category of ‘Most Inspiring Women in Charity in South Africa’ , the project has grown in leaps and bounds. It started in Cape Town (in 2006) with only 180 Santa Shoeboxes, and in the past six years not only extended to Namibia, but more than doubled in size every year – ending on a new record of 70 489 Santa Shoeboxes in 2011.

The Santa Shoebox Project is run by an extensive network of volunteers across South Africa and Namibia. It also relies on the kind support of various corporate sponsors pledging monetary or pro bono logistics support, while many companies involve their staff members to pledge Santa Shoeboxes as part of their Corporate Social Investment programmes.

Uniquely, the donor knows the first name, age, gender, and care institution of the child the gift was bought for. The Santa Shoebox Project not only manages the network and distributes the gifts, but also provides content guidelines for each individual gift box, to ensure that every child receives an age appropriate gift. Typically this will comprise of some necessities, such as toothpaste and toothbrush, face cloth and soap, as well as some sweets, educational supplies, a toy and an outfit of clothing.

Many people have a desire to contribute to their community or do their ‘little bit for charity’, but often don’t know where to start. The Santa Shoebox Project takes pride in channeling all that positive energy and goodwill into something that is credible, achievable, makes a real difference in the lives of individual children, and leaves the donor with the satisfying feeling of having brought joy to a child during the Festive Season.

HOW IT WORKS
To participate in this heart-warming project, simply register online, where an easy step-by-step procedure will guide you through the process.

Donors need to:
• Register NOW on line as a donor at http://www.santashoebox.co.za
• Pledge a box when the website goes live with the recipient names -available around the 1st of September every year.
• Select the name of a recipient of your choice (or more than one), as well as your most convenient drop-off point
• Decorate and fill an individualised gift box according to the specified guidelines
• Label the box with the recipient’s name
• Deliver the Santa Shoebox to the selected, pre-determined drop-off points on specified dates, from where the organisers dispatch the Santa Shoeboxes to the various homes and centres

Email the Santa Shoebox Project at info@santashoebox.co.za
http://www.santashoebox.co.za
Blog: thesantashoeboxproject.wordpress.com
Follow on Twitter @SantaShoebox
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THANK YOU SOUTH AFRICA! SANTA SHOEBOX PROJECT LOOKS AHEAD TO 2012

December 13, 2011

THANK YOU SOUTH AFRICA! SANTA SHOEBOX PROJECT LOOKS AHEAD TO 2012

The heartwarming Kidz2Kidz Santa Shoebox Project once again reached its goal – this year collecting over 70 000 Christmas gifts for children at orphanages, crèches and care centres across the country. This was achieved with the support of thousands of individuals across the country, as well as schools and the business sector. Major sponsors this year included Laser Logistics, PEP, Aspire Solutions, Fairheads Trust Company, the Woods Today, Waltex Carpets, Cellucity, Dreamcatcher Productions, Thuso and Protea Hotels, to name a few.

Janie van der Spuy who heads up FIVESTAR PR, the agency responsible for the project publicity on a pro-bono basis says they have received unprecedented support from the media this year, including heavyweights E-TV, Media 24 and more than 20 local radio stations. ‘We could not have done it without the media. It’s a project that really speaks to people, and we have had incredible support and enthusiasm from the media, ranging from the community newspapers and glossy magazines, to many bloggers and tweeters who have all played an essential role in spreading the word to encourage more donors to sign up from all the corners of South Africa.‘

Among the media to give the Santa Shoebox Project a unanimous thumbs-up is Glamour magazine, who voted National Project Co-ordinator Irene’ Pieters and founder Dee Boehner winners in the category ‘Most Inspiring Women in Charity in South Africa’ in the prestigious GLAMOUR Women of the Year Awards this year.

The 2011 project is ending off on a high note this week with a number of Santa Shoebox Celebrations having taken place at 620 homes and care centres in each of the nine provinces. Now Pieters and her team are setting their sights on an ambitious figure of 100 000 boxes in 2012.

Says Pieters: ‘This year was a milestone one for us, with the project more than doubling in size, but we would love to top this by another 30 000 Santa Shoeboxes next year. We have added many small towns to our geographical reach this year, which is heartening, but hope to expand further into more remote rural areas next year. This year schools and centres stretching from Oudtshoorn, Plettenberg Bay and Knysna on the Garden Route; and Darling on the West Coast; to Mafikeng in the North West Province; Rustenberg in Gauteng; and Bloemfontein in the Free State were included for the first time – thanks to the dedicated volunteer co-ordinators in each area.’

On a lighter note, the team gauged that if you stack the 70 489 Santa Shoeboxes (the total number collected this year), one on top of the other, they would surpass the highest point of Mount Everest! Perhaps this best illustrates the extraordinary reach and impact of the Santa Shoebox Project, which has touched the hearts of so many South Africans in a few short years of existence, standing head and shoulders above similar ventures, just like the dynamic women behind the project.

MORE ABOUT THE SANTA SHOEBOX PROJECT
The Santa Shoebox Project is a non-profit organization, which collects Christmas gifts for thousands of underprivileged children throughout South Africa by way of a social and community network of families, friends, schools and churches. Spearheaded by Kidz2Kidz founder Dee Boehner and coordinated by Pieters since 2007, it has since grown in leaps and bounds, and currently supports 620 facilities across South Africa and one in Namibia.

With ‘teach your child the joy of giving’ as the essence of the project, as donors are encouraged to involve their own children in the process of personally selecting a child from one of the centres or homes, and putting together his or her individualized, age appropriate Santa Shoebox gift. Uniquely, this means each participant knows the first name, age, gender and care institution of the child, and it is this personal touch that endears the project to adults and children from all walks of life.

http://www.santashoebox.co.za
Email enquiries: info@santashoebox.co.za
Blog: http://www.santashoebox.blogspot.com
Follow on twitter @SantaShoebox
Follow on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/santashoebox

Photo Caption: E-TV Presenter Tanya Nefdt enters into the spirit of the season at the Santa Shoebox Celebration held at the Zenzeleni School in Khayelitsha

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BUSINESS UNITES BEHIND ‘SANTA SHOEBOX PROJECT’ 2011

October 10, 2011

BUSINESS UNITES BEHIND ‘SANTA SHOEBOX PROJECT’ 2011

Over the past five years the heart-warming Kidz2Kidz Santa Shoebox Project has touched the hearts of many thousands of South Africans. The project, which will by way of a volunteer social and community network collect 70 000 Christmas gifts for children at orphanages, crèches and care centres across the country this year, has grown exponentially over the years, earning the respect and support of the business sector.

This year a number of companies have put their weight behind this inspiring project, pledging monetary or logistics support. Among these are Laser Logistics, PEP, Aspire Solutions, FIVESTAR PR, Fairheads Trust Company, Media24, Glamour magazine, Khuluma magazine, Oprah magazine, the Woods Today, Waltex Carpets, Cellucity, Dreamcatcher Productions, Thuso and Protea Hotels, to name a few. Some have been on board since the onset, either contributing by way of a monetary donation, or in terms of delivering pro bono services, or others with a major group effort by their staff who pledge Santa Shoeboxes as part of their companies’ Corporate Social Investment programme.

Says National Co-ordinator of the Santa Shoebox Project, Irene’ Pieters: ‘The continued support of the business sector in the form of sponsorship plays a very important role in facilitating the sustained growth and outreach of the project. This translates directly into more gift boxes in the hands of happy children from vulnerable social backgrounds – some of whom have never received a Christmas gift before. We are blessed to have the backing of not only some of South Africa’s leading businesses, but also smaller companies who have pledged services that are essential to the logistics and success of this growing project.

This year we have more than doubled our target of Santa Shoeboxes – an ambitious, though worthwhile effort. To make this happen, we require more resources, and would like to invite companies, big and small, to get involved in some way in this amazing project, which benefits the recipient and donor alike. Equally we invite people of all ages and from all walks of life to pledge a Santa Shoebox or two this year.’

Established in 2006, the Santa Shoebox Project is an initiative of the Kidz2Kidz Trust, a registered Public Benefit Organization (PBO number 930031301 – Public Benefits Organization Kidz2Kidz Trust), that offers assistance to children in need. It was spearheaded by the dynamic duo behind the project, Kidz2Kidz founder Dee Boehner and National Coordinator Irene’ Pieters, and is driven by the simple desire to make a difference in the life of a vulnerable child.

With ‘teach your child the joy of giving’ as the essence of the project, donors are encouraged to involve their own children in the process of personally selecting the name of a specific child, and putting together his or her individualized, age appropriate Santa Shoebox gift according to the guidelines provided. Uniquely, the donor knows the first name, age, gender and care institution of the child the gift was bought for. It is this personal touch that endears the project to adults and children from all walks of life.

HOW IT WORKS
To participate in this heart-warming project and teach your own children and those around you the joy of giving, simply register online, where an easy step-by-step procedure will guide you through the process.

Donors need to:
• Register online as a donor NOW at http://www.santashoebox.co.za
• Select the name of a recipient of your choice (or more than one), as well as your mos
convenient drop-off point across the country
• Decorate and fill an individualised gift box according to the specified guidelines
• Label the box with the recipient’s name
• Deliver the Santa Shoebox to the selected, pre-determined drop-off points on specified dates (between 20 October and 4 November), from where the organisers dispatch the Santa Shoeboxes to the various homes and centres

http://www.santashoebox.co.za
Email enquiries: info@santashoebox.co.za
Blog: http://www.santashoebox.blogspot.com
Follow on twitter @SantaShoebox
Follow on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/santashoebox
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PEP LENDS A HAND TO THE SANTA SHOEBOX PROJECT 2011

August 24, 2011

PEP LENDS A HAND TO THE SANTA SHOEBOX PROJECT 2011

Cape Town, 24 August 2011: PEP – the country’s biggest single brand retailer – is helping to spread some cheer to thousands of needy kids this Christmas. In support of the Kidz2Kidz Santa Shoebox Project, PEP has not only pledged a monetary donation for each Santa Shoebox collected, but will also be supplying
6000 cartons this year, to assist in transporting more presents to more children.

The Kidz2Kidz Santa Shoebox Project, a non-profit organization, collects Christmas gifts for underprivileged children throughout South Africa. This year’s target of giving 70 000 Santa shoeboxes, is more than double last year’s, with PEP’s contribution enabling Santa Shoebox to cope with the growth, so that more and more kids in South African can celebrate the festive season.

Santa Shoebox national co-ordinator Irene’ Pieters says they are indebted to PEP for this huge leg-up. “Not only is this a most generous donation but also, with 1 600 stores, PEP stores are everywhere. This means donors can buy all kinds of things from PEP that children would enjoy and need at Christmas, and fill their Santa Shoeboxes with even more goodies – and at the best prices.”

Says Pieters: “Corporate sponsorship plays a very important role in facilitating the continued growth and outreach of this project, and we would therefore like to invite business and corporate companies to match PEP’s sponsorship.”

PEP MD Designate, Leon Lourens adds: “The Santa Shoebox project not only gives joy to children, but also creates a genuinely joyful spirit of giving among its donors – this is really inspirational in itself and we’re very proud to be able to help.”

The Santa Shoebox Project was established in 2006, and is an initiative of the Kidz2Kidz Trust, a registered Public Benefit Organization (PBO number 930031301 – Public Benefits Organization Kidz2Kidz Trust), that offers assistance to children in need. Spearheaded by Kidz2Kidz founder Dee Boehner and coordinated by Irene’ Pieters, the dynamic duo behind the Santa Shoebox Project who were named the winners in the category Most Inspiring Women in Charity in South Africa in the 2011 GLAMOUR Women of the Year Awards, the Santa Shoebox Project collects Christmas gifts for underprivileged children, while offering donor parents and their children the opportunity to experience the ‘joy of giving’ themselves. In 2010 more than 30 000 Santa Shoeboxes were delivered to 350 children’s homes, crèches, educare centres and places of safety around South Africa and Namibia.

With ‘teach your child the joy of giving’ as the essence of the project, donors are encouraged to involve their own children in the process of personally selecting the name of a specific child, and putting together his or her individualized, age appropriate Santa Shoebox gift according to the guidelines provided. These include some practical necessities, such as toothpaste and toothbrush, face cloth and soap, as well as sweets, educational supplies, a toy and an outfit of clothing.

Uniquely, the donor knows the first name, age, gender and care institution of the child the gift was bought for. It is this personal touch that endears the project to adults and children from all walks of life. This and the simple desire to make a difference in the life of one child, providing them with a Christmas gift when they may never have received one before.

HOW IT WORKS
To participate in this heart-warming project and teach your own children and those around you the joy of giving, simply register online, where an easy step-by-step procedure will guide you through the process.

Donors need to:
•Register on line as a donor at http://www.santashoebox.co.za when registration opens around the 1st of September
•Select the name of a recipient of your choice (or more than one), as well as your most convenient drop-off point across the country
•Decorate and fill an individualised gift box according to the specified guidelines
•Label the box with the recipient’s name
•Deliver the Santa Shoebox to the selected, pre-determined drop-off points on specified dates (between 20 October and 4 November), from where the organisers dispatch the Santa Shoeboxes to the various homes and centres

http://www.santashoebox.co.za
Email enquiries: info@santashoebox.co.za
Blog: http://www.santashoebox.blogspot.com
Follow on twitter @SantaShoebox
Follow on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/santashoebox

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KIDZ2KIDZ SANTA SHOEBOX PROJECT DUO NAMED ‘MOST INSPIRING WOMEN IN CHARITY IN SOUTH AFRICA’ (GLAMOUR MAGAZINE WOMEN OF THE YEAR AWARDS 2011)

July 28, 2011

KIDZ2KIDZ SANTA SHOEBOX PROJECT DUO NAMED ‘MOST INSPIRING WOMEN IN CHARITY IN SOUTH AFRICA’(GLAMOUR MAGAZINE WOMEN OF THE YEAR AWARDS 2011)

Irene’ Pieters and Dee Boehner, the dynamic duo behind the heart warming Santa Shoebox Project, have been named the winners in the category ‘Most Inspiring Women in Charity in South Africa’ in the prestigious 2011 GLAMOUR Women of the Year Awards.

A shining example of the selfless commitment and humanitarian spirit of the women of our nation, the Santa Shoebox Project was established in 2006. Spearheaded by Kidz2Kidz founder Dee Boehner and coordinated by Irene’ Pieters, it is an initiative of the Kidz2Kidz Trust, a registered Public Benefit Organization that offers assistance to children in need. A non-profit organization, the Santa Shoebox Project collects Christmas gifts for underprivileged children, while offering donor parents and their children the opportunity to experience the ‘joy of giving’ themselves. In 2010 more than 30 000 Santa Shoeboxes were delivered over 600 children’s homes, crèches, educare centres and places of safety around South Africa and Namibia.

Now in its third year, the GLAMOUR Women of the Year Awards 2011 celebrate South Africa’s finest women. A total of seven awards were presented to the winners at the ‘GLAMOURous’ award ceremony on the 25th of July, held at The Grace Hotel in Rosebank (Johannesburg), in the categories of Arts; Media; Style; Film & Television; Actress; SA Inspiration; and Charity. The Glamour awards recognise all women, ‘from jet-setters to universal mothers, those who can run a business and those who run in heels, and most importantly, those who embody what it means to be a powerful and loving woman’.

A radiant Irene’ Pieters extended her heartfelt thanks to Glamour magazine for their acknowledgment of the Kidz2Kidz Santa Shoebox Project. ‘As a result of this award and the publicity around it, the Santa Shoebox message will spread even further and thus many more children will be receiving their first ever gift at Christmas time. We are deeply honored by this tribute, and inordinately proud of the thousands of volunteers who give so generously of their time each year to make the Santa Shoebox Project a reality. On a daily basis, I feel tremendously blessed to witness the impact the ‘joy of giving’ has on the lives of so many children,’ she said.

Register online as a donor from 1 September 2011: http://www.santashoebox.co.za
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SANTA SHOEBOX PROJECT 2011 – It’s almost Christmas again!

July 22, 2011

SANTA SHOEBOX PROJECT 2011 – It’s almost Christmas again!

Bring joy to a child during the festive season, and participate in this year’s heart warming Santa Shoebox Project, which collects Christmas gifts for underprivileged children who may never have received one before. The 2011 target is 60 000 Santa Shoeboxes, which will be dispatched to more than 350 children’s homes, orphanages and other child care institutions across the country.

With ‘teach your child the joy of giving’ as the essence of the project, donors are encouraged to involve their own children in the process of personally selecting the name of a specific child, and putting together his or her individualized, age appropriate Santa Shoebox gift according to the guidelines provided.

These include some practical necessities, such as toothpaste and toothbrush, face cloth and soap, as well as sweets, educational supplies, a toy and an outfit of clothing.

Register on-line NOW at http://www.santashoebox.co.za (registration opens around the 1st of September 2011). The gift wrapped Santa Shoeboxes need to be dropped off at central distribution points across the country between 20 October and 4 November.
Email enquiries: info@santashoebox.co.za
Blog: http://www.thesantashoeboxproject.wordpress.com
Follow on @SantaShoebox

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SANTA SHOEBOX PROJECT 2010 Bring joy to a child this Christmas

February 24, 2011

July 2010

SANTA SHOEBOX PROJECT 2010 Bring joy to a child this Christmas

Register on-line (from 1 September 2010) at http://www.santashoebox.co.za to participate in the heart warming Santa Shoebox Project, which collects Christmas gifts for the socially disadvantaged children throughout South Africa.

With ‘teach your child the joy of giving’ as the essence of the project, donors are encouraged to involve their own children in the process of selecting the name of a specific child and putting together his or her individualized, age appropriate Santa Shoebox gift according to the guidelines provided.

These include some practical necessities, such as toothpaste and toothbrush, face cloth and soap, as well as some sweets, educational supplies, a toy and an item of clothing.

The gift wrapped Santa Shoeboxes need to be dropped off at central distribution points cross the country beween 27 October and 3 November, from where the target of 25000 Chrismas gifts will be dispatched to more than 180 children’s homes, orphanages and other child care instituitions.
(Email enquiries: info@santashoebox.co.za)

MORE ABOUT THE SANTA SHOEBOX PROJECT 2010

The Santa Shoebox Project is a non-profit organization that collects Christmas gifts for the socially disadvantaged children throughout South Africa, by way of a social and community network of families, friends, schools and churches.

Established in 2006, it is an initiative of the Kidz2Kidz Trust, a registered Public Benefit Organization (PBO number 930031301 – Public Benefits Organization Kidz2Kidz Trust), that offers assistance to children in need.

The Santa Shoebox Project is instrumental in involving people from all walks of life, especially children together with their parents, in giving to children from a distinctly vulnerable social background who may never have received a Christmas gift before.

In essence it is therefore also about children learning the joy of giving, by personally choosing and filling the gift boxes, and then decorating and labelling each with the recipient’s name.

Uniquely, the donor knows the first name, age, gender, and care institution of the child the gift was bought for. The Santa Shoebox Project not only manages the network and distributes the gifts, but also provides content guidelines for each individual gift box, to ensure that every child receives an age appropriate gift. Typically this will comprise of some practical necessities, such as toothpaste and toothbrush, face cloth and soap, as well as some sweets, educational supplies, a toy and an item of clothing.

Many people have a desire to contribute to their community or do their ‘little bit for charity’, but often don’t know where to start. The Santa Shoebox Project takes pride in channeling all that positive energy and goodwill into something that is credible, achievable, makes a real difference in a specific child’s life and leaves the donor feeling really good about him or herself.

Spearheaded by Kidz2Kidz founder Dee Boehner and coordinated by Irenè Pieters since 2007, the project has grown in leaps and bounds. It started in Cape Town (in 2006) with 180 Santa Shoeboxes. The project grew to 2000 Santa Shoeboxes in 2007, 8000 in 2008, and closing on 16000 boxes in 2009. These were distributed to more than 180 children’s homes, crèches and educare centres around the country. This year the target is 25000 Santa Shoeboxes, with the project also extending into Botswana and Namibia.

HOW IT WORKS
To participate in this heart warming project and teach your own children and those around you the joy of giving, simply register online, where an easy step-by-step procedure will guide you through the process.

Donors need to:
• From the 1st of September, register on line as a donor at http://www.santashoebox.co.za
• Select a the name of a recipient of your choice (or more than one), as well as your most convenient drop-off point
• Decorate and fill an individualised gift box according to the specified guidelines
• Label the box with the recipient’s name
• Deliver the Santa Shoebox to the selected, predetermined central drop-off point from 27 October, from where the organisers will dispatch the Santa Shoeboxes to the various homes and centres

Email the Santa Shoebox Project at info@santashoebox.co.za
http://www.santashoebox.co.za
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MEDIA ENQUIRIES: FIVESTAR PR
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Tel +27 21 462 1677
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