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. Below are just a few we have supported, and some of the letters we received back from them.
- Domestic Abuse Volunteer Support Services – food items and liquid toiletries
- West Kent Drug and Alcohol Wellbeing Service (CGL) – food items and liquid toiletries
- Hackney Pirates – paperbacks containing mainly text.
In our most recent campaign, we were able to extend our donations further, including to local women’s aid and refuge charities, soup kitchens, YMCA, Salvation Army, and Nunsthorpe Maternity Hospital.
If you are aware of any charities which you feel may benefit from this do please let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org.