Alternative Destinations for ShoeBoxes

1. Rotary Shoebox Appeal

Please Note: Debbie Eade has kindly agreed to arrange collection of the Rotary shoe boxes for the Circuit.  Please contact Debbie for details of dates etc.

The Rotary Shoebox scheme operates within Great Britain & Ireland.  Members of Rotary Clubs promote the idea and have dedicated teams to ensure that all boxes are delivered.  Your £2 donation covers the supply of the extra-strong box, the delivery of the boxes to you, pick up of same, and transportation overseas.  Rotarians involved supply the essential administration & promotional needs.  The main warehouse is in Preston, Lancashire, and there are some 14 other local warehouses for collection and deposit points.  Val and Mike Pascoe, members of St. Austell Rotary Club, would be contacts for this area.

There are four types of box:-

Toys (for children)

Household Items (for families and older folk)

Teenagers (up to 18 years old)

Babies (up to 12 months – used by a young mother for her baby)

Boxes are delivered to Belarus, Bulgaria, Albania, Kosovo, Romania, Moldova and Ukraine and are accepted all year round.

2. CR2EE – Christian Response to Eastern Europe

This is a charity Mount Charles currently supports by sending mainly woollen clothes for children (most of them knitted by members of the Women’s Fellowship)

Christian Response to Eastern Europe (CR2EE) is one of about 20 British charities working in Moldova. CR2EE has been working here since 1997 providing essentials such as food, clothing, bedding and medical supplies to vulnerable people on the fringes of Moldovan society.

Shoeboxes are accepted for children – boy or girl, various age ranges – families or granddads/ grandmas.  All items must be new and non-perishable, and the boxes should be full and wrapped in Christmas paper.  Information leaflet available.

There is no charge but the shoeboxes have to be in Exeter by the end of November.  Knitted goods are taken to Camborne but it is not known whether shoeboxes could be taken there.

 3. Hatherley Aid to Serbia

UK Charity Registration number 1100084

Contact Persons:- Tony and Pat Barron

Phone :- 01242 820 658

Email :-

Boxes can be for children, teenagers, adults, elderly (see picture for suggested contents)

No charge but donations appreciated and we have to get boxes to pick-up point – but it may be possible to do this in partnership with St Cleer

More info from Revd Becca Bell (David Hart’s daughter) who is Priest-in-Charge of St. Cleer

4. Link to Hope

A Christian Charity rebuilding Lives & Communities in Eastern Europe through Education and Social Care since 1991

2018 Shoebox Appeal

Sending gifts to families and elderly in need in Eastern Europe

There are two types of Shoebox appeal that you can take part in – The Family Shoebox Appeal and the Elderly Shoebox Appeal–full details on website and in leaflet.  I think it’s quite proscriptive.

Charge £2 per box.

Boxes have to be transported by 6thNovember to nearest Area Hub Receiver (a lady in Truro) unless we have more than 80 boxes, in which case we can have them collected.

5. Local Food Bank / St. Petroc’s / STAK

Churches in many areas take part in schemes that support the homeless, rough sleepers, asylum seekers, etc.  In the Bristol area, the suggested contents for a box include biscuits, chocolate, sweets, knitted socks, body spray, other toiletries, tissues or wipes, puzzle book with pencil.

It has been suggested that Churches Together in St Austell might like to start a local project.  Boxes could be made up for families or for single homeless.  The advantages of this type of scheme are that contents can be tailored to suit the recipients so less will be wasted and there would be no or minimal transport costs.  However, no such project is yet in place.