Annual Christmas Shoebox appeal launched

THE annual Christmas Shoebox Appeal has been launched by Irish charity Team Hope.

THE annual Christmas Shoebox Appeal has been launched by Irish charity Team Hope.

Schoolchildren, mums, church members, businesses and households nationwide are being asked to create gift filled shoeboxes of Christmas presents and beat last year’s number of 180,000 which went to needy children in Africa and Eastern Europe – to countries where families have to live on as little as €1 a day! The aim this year is to send Christmas shoeboxes to thousands more needy children.

Organised by Irish charity Team Hope it is hoped that the numbers of shoeboxes will increase significantly, by at least 25% this year. There are just six weeks to do this!

This experienced co-ordinating team, together with 50 local teams of over 1,000 volunteers nationwide, have been organising the Christmas Shoebox Appeal for 12 years. Shoeboxes can be dropped off at collection points around the country before November 11th for distribution to needy children.

Team Hope ( will deliver the gift-filled shoe boxes right into the hands of a needy child in Eastern Europe or Africa.

Speaking about the Christmas Shoebox Appeal, Carol Hennessey, Christmas Shoebox Appeal manager said, “We are delighted to be calling on everyone in Ireland to join in the appeal again this year – schoolchildren, mums, families and businesses. Each year these shoeboxes bring such joy to children. However, we are conscious that there are so many more needy children we could make Christmas special for if we had extra shoeboxes.

“There are over 1.4 million households in Ireland. If every house did one shoebox imagine the difference that would make to so many children! Most of these children will get nothing else but this valued shoebox this Christmas. Our local co-ordinators have been so helpful over the years and we are really looking forward to having a record number of shoe boxes this year. It’s easy to take part, yet the kindness of every Irish person who does, can make a needy child’s Christmas a Christmas of Hope and one they will never forget!”.

Shoeboxes should be wrapped in Christmas paper (the lid separately) and it’s up to the donor to choose who they’d like to receive the gift, ie a boy or a girl and the age group it is suited for.

All the information about how to pack the box, suggestions as to suitable items, a sticker to mark the box (boy or girl, age) and an envelope for the €3 (contribution towards transport etc) is in a leaflet which is available from the local co-ordinator, by phoning Team Hope at 01 2940222 or via the website