Shoebox Project 2019
As the new school year commenced, preparations for this year's Shoebox Project began in earnest. Now in its 16th year, we've already collected leaflets, posters and cartons from Link to Hope HQ and held assemblies in five participating Hitchin schools so far. We've also been sorting your donations of specific items Link to Hope look to include in every shoebox - thank you for the continued support!
Over 15 years of running a Shoebox Project in Hitchin, the joint effort of schools, churches, community groups and individuals has seen over 11,000 shoeboxes donated. Part of this includes turning 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.
9 November 10am at WRBC
Briefing session open to anyone interested in helping with the project - roles include sorting, packing and wrapping. Just turn up!
2019 key Dates
Monday 14 October School assemblies begin
Monday 4 - Friday 8 November Collection Week (from schools and groups)
Saturday 9 November Briefing session (10am)
Sunday 10 November Last date to hand in your shoebox!
Monday 11 - Thu 14 November Sorting week
Sunday 17 November Shoebox Celebration Sunday (10.30am)
Monday 18 November Delivery to Link to Hope HQ, Worthing
15 years of shoeboxes in Hitchin
11,000+ shoeboxes collected and delivered
85% sorted at WRBC, saving hundreds of hours for the charity
100+ volunteer team of sorters
more about the PROJECT
When we first began the project, shoeboxes were prepared for Smile International but after a decade as one of their largest contributors and going out with them to deliver shoeboxes in Kosovo, the charity wound up operations in Eastern Europe to focus on its other areas. However, we realised how big a difference the shoeboxes made to the lives of the people receiving them as well the huge 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 OUR initial scale-back of operations as we sought a new charity, the people of Hitchin have continued to show their generosity and support for the Shoebox Appeal - 2019 school assemblies have already begun!