Unsuitable or Inappropriate Shoebox Items

Every year, at processing centres around the UK, teams of trained seasonal volunteers check the contents of each shoebox before it is sent to a child in need. Their aim is to keep each shoebox exactly as it was packed, by you, our generous supporters, while checking each item against a number of important criteria, such as:

  • to make sure we comply with customs requirements of the countries we are sending to
  • to make sure we respect the cultural and religious contexts of the communities we are sending to
  • And to ensure that the items packed are in a clean and safe condition for the child who will receive them.

Occasionally, we might need to remove an item that doesn’t match one of these criteria.  (To see our list of items not to pack, visit: What Not To Pack)

Where possible, any items that need to be removed are donated to other charities.

Charities we’ve donated to

Over the years we have developed relationships with many UK-based charities and donated towards their work. Here are just a few we supported in our recent campaign, and some of the letters we received back from them.

We plan to seek to extend this to other charities in the coming campaign. If you are aware of any charities which you feel may benefit from this do please let us know at occsocialmedia@samaritans-purse.org.uk

Testimonial Letters

‘Thank you so much for the food parcel, it’s really kind of you’ – Carolyn, through DAVSS

‘.. your shoe box appeal touched my heart when I called at your warehouse.. ‘ Programme Coordinator, CGL

‘it will really enrich our library and support us in nurturing more young readers’ – Director of Learning, Hackney Pirates