Last year, 8,100 boxes were sent from Ireland to Albania, of which 3,184 came from West Cork – a great achievement. Overall 163,530 boxes from Ireland were distributed to the poorest children of Eastern Europe and Africa.
If you would like to take part this year, simply cover a shoebox with Christmas wrapping paper (lid and box covered separately) and fill it with gifts.
Decide if you are making the box for a boy or girl and specific age group (2-4, 5-9,10-14). Toys and particularly soft toys are particularly appreciated but here are some other suggestions: skipping rope; small musical instrument; doll; finger puppet; colouring book; pencils; felt pens; sharpener/eraser; hair bobbles; toy cars; ball; hat; scarf; gloves; toothbrush and toothpaste; hair brush/comb; small items of clothing (it is asked that items of clothing be new) such as socks or pyjamas; sunglasses; sweets; toy jewellery.
The closing date is November 10. If you are not connected with a school in West Cork please contact Sally Daly at 028 -21546 or 087 – 6854489 who can arrange collection of your box. Sally, who is organiser of the Shoebox Appeal in West Cork, would like to sincerely thank all those people who, over the years, have made up boxes, collected them, knitted hats, scarves and gloves, or donated gifts, or who have helped in so many other ways.