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Shoebox Appeal 2022

December 10, 2022


Christmas Shoebox Appeal

We're making 60 shoeboxes for a Ukrainian Orphanage. Can you help?

Each year thousands of people like you generously pack shoebox gifts to help children in need. Find out all you need to know about how to pack your shoebox gift below.

Find a Shoebox

Get an empty medium sized shoebox, and wrap the box and lid separately in colourful wrapping paper. Attach the appropriate boy/girl label, marking if your gift is for a boy or a girl. Select an age category 2-4, 5-9 or 10-14 and attach the label to the top of your shoebox.

Fill with gifts

Fill your shoebox with a selection of fun toys, hygiene items and school supplies. If possible, include one or two extra special items you know a child will love such as a doll, cuddly toy or deflated football with pump. See our gift suggestions below for more ideas.

Make your project donation

A suggested donation of £5 is essential to cover project costs, including shipping, to enable the orphanage to lead a safe, well-organised children’s event where your shoebox will be given to a child in need.

Make It Your Own

Personalise your shoebox by including a hand written note and a photograph of yourself, your group or your family.

Drop Off Your Shoebox

Place a rubber band around each closed shoebox and take it to a local Drop-off Location.

Gift Suggestions


A football and pump, cuddly toys, dolls, toy cars, small musical instruments, yo-yos, skipping ropes, balls, small puzzles etc.

School Supplies

Pens, pencils & sharpeners, crayons or felt pens, stamps & ink pad sets, writing pads or notebooks, solar calculators, colouring & picture books etc.

Hygiene Items

Toothbrush, bars of wrapped soap, comb or hairbrush, flannel etc.

Other Items

Hat, gloves, scarf, sunglasses, cap, socks, T-shirt, flip-flops, hair accessories, jewellery set, watch, wind-up torch etc.


Toothpaste, sweets, lotions and liquids; used or damaged items; war-related items; seeds, gum, chocolate or food items; religious or political literature; medicines, aerosol cans, sharp or fragile items.


December 10, 2022
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Downing St Church
Downing Street
Cambridge, United Kingdom


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