The Santa Shoebox Project
The Santa Shoebox Project, one of South Africa's most loved charities, officially opened public pledging for 2019 last month. On 01 October, drop and go's were opened, meaning that the public can now start drop their completed Santa Shoeboxes off at any Stor-Age store across the country. Stor-Age is a proud to be a main sponsor for the Santa Shoebox Project.
The project, now in its 14th year, collects and distributes gifts for underprivileged children throughout South Africa and Namibia. In 13 years, they have reached more than 850 000 children and this year they hope to add 100 000 to that number.
If you haven't pledged, you can do so by simply visit www.santashoebox.org.za. Pledge your shoebox and then collect a free empty shoebox from any Stor-Age store nationwide. Donors then fill the shoeboxes with eight items as listed on the website, decorate the box and then drop it off at Stor-Age again. The Santa Shoeboxes will then be delivered to underprivileged children across the country in time for the festive season.
As the Santa Shoebox has often commented, this is a personal engagement for donors as each name belongs to an underprivileged child in their community for whom they prepare a meaningful gift. Donors choose their beneficiary child in the knowledge that the Shoebox they lovingly fill with treats and essential items will be handed directly to that very child. They encourage donors to include a note to the child - often the most valued part of the Shoebox.
Stor-Age, now partnered with the Santa Shoebox for the eighth consecutive year, will provide up to four free shoeboxes per donor, after which the boxes are sold at R5 a box. Donors can find their closest Stor-Age store by visiting www.stor-age.co.za (there are over 50 in South Africa).
The items that are to be included in each shoebox include: a toothbrush, toothpaste, facecloth, soap, toy, outfit of clothing, school supplies and sweets.
The Santa Shoebox Proeject invites all supporters to connect with, uplift and inspire 100 000 children this year, who, upon receiving their very own Santa Shoebox, will share in the joy of giving. We look forward to welcoming you to our drop offs this year.
Have you pledged your Santa Shoebox yet?