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Christmas Shoe Box Appeal
« on: October 21, 2017, 03:22:23 pm »
Does anyone know if the local Rotary are taking part in this years shoe box appeal? If not, is there any other charity making a local collection? Details of dates / drop off location would be much appreciated.
 
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Re: Christmas Shoe Box Appeal
« Reply #1 on: October 23, 2017, 12:19:55 pm »
Does anyone know if the local Rotary are taking part in this years shoe box appeal? If not, is there any other charity making a local collection? Details of dates / drop off location would be much appreciated.

Hi LMS,
It's been pointed out by a forum reader that there are alternative schemes for those wanting to donate boxes. They sent me a link to Humanists UK which has a long list at the foot of this article - the links they listed are copied below for ease of access - they include:
  • Plan UK runs a range of projects to assist some of the world’s poorest children.
  • Via Oxfam, you can buy someone a flock of chickens or a camel, or textbooks or dinners for a third world school. For these and many other life-changing or life-saving gifts, see http://www.oxfam.org.uk/shop/oxfam-unwrapped.
  • Good Gifts is a means of getting suitable gifts to people who really need them, endorsed by a range of worthwhile charities. Buy a goat for Rwanda or a bicycle for a midwife in Cambodia, or help turn weapons of war into farm implements via www.goodgifts.org
  • The environmentally conscious can adopt an animal from an endangered species via www.wwf.org or a whale or dolphin via www.wdcs.org. You can protect an acre of rainforest at www.worldlandtrust.org, or www.rainforestfoundationuk.org.
  • Closer to home, you can sponsor a tree through www.woodland-trust.org.uk. All these send certificates to mark the gift.
  • There is, of course, Children in Need, which happens in November each year. Keep an eye on www.bbcchildreninneed.co.uk/ for this year’s appeal.
  • If you work or attend a school which is looking for an alternative, you might want to link your school with one in South Africa, Ghana, Uganda or Malawi. Visit www.lcdinternational.org/school-linking to find out more.
  • If the school insists on using gift boxes, one option is the shoebox scheme run by the Christian charity Link to Hope at www.linktohope.co.uk/shoebox-appeal because 'they don’t place any literature in the boxes and promise not to discriminate in who the boxes are given to'.
  • The Aquabox scheme at www.aquabox.org is a popular charity amongst humanist groups and many schools. Welfare items from a recommended list are collected to fill a water treatment box, which costs £50.00. This then becomes a useful kit that can be sent quickly to disaster areas. Each box is numbered and linked to the donor, so that you can find out where your box went.
  • Refuge runs a parcel scheme targeted at women and children escaping domestic violence, including children’s parcels and emergency parcels to help people rebuild their lives.
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Re: Christmas Shoe Box Appeal
« Reply #2 on: October 23, 2017, 01:00:07 pm »
Many thanks, there is lots of information there, I will read through and make up my mind as to which one I favour.
 

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