Shoebox Project 2018
For the last 15 years, we've run a Shoebox Project in Hitchin and the joint effort of schools, churches, community groups and individuals has seen over 11,000 shoeboxes donated. As part of this, we turn the church into a giant sorting centre for all the collected shoeboxes to ensure each box is packed with fantastic items appropriate to the age of box. 2018 is our 15th year of running a Shoebox Appeal in Hitchin - thank you for your continued support!
When we first began the project, shoeboxes were prepared for Smile International but after a decade as one of their largest contributors and going with them to deliver the shoeboxes in person, the charity wound up operations in Eastern Europe to focus their attentions on other causes. However, we realised how big a difference the shoeboxes made to the lives of the people receiving them as well the massive part they play in church life each year and so we found another charity that worked in a similar region, called Link to Hope. Despite the initial scale-back of the operations as we sought a new charity, the people of Hitchin continue to show their generosity and support for the Shoebox Appeal.
Review of 2018
A massive thank you to everyone who got involved, however small, with this years project - we took 827 shoeboxes down to Link to Hope HQ, as well as a couple more from another town! The first update video is now online - watch it here - but again, we'd love to thank you all for making the shoebox project, particularly in it's 15th anniversary year, a huge success!
You could fill a shoebox with the items listed above and drop it into the church from Monday 12 to Thursday 15 November between 10am - 4pm and 7.30pm - 9pm. If you have a number of boxes, message us and we can arrange to collect them directly from you.
Volunteer your time to help sort and carton the shoeboxes ready for their delivery to Link to Hope HQ. Use the button below to message us if you can spare some time (you will need to attend a training session on Sat 10 November at 10am).
If you aren't able to fill a shoebox, why not donate new items (like men's socks, sewing kits or reading glasses) that can be used to fill the shoeboxes to make them extra special.
15 years of shoeboxes in Hitchin
11,000+ shoeboxes collected and delivered
75% sorted at WRBC, saving hundreds of hours for the charity
100+ volunteer team of sorters