Shoebox Project 2021

It's that time of year again ... it's Shoebox Season! This year's Shoebox Project will be on a different level due to Covid-19 again, and this year Link to Hope need to deal with Brexit border checks and  the nationwide HGV driver shortage. One thing is sure however, the need for the shoeboxes is greater than ever.

"... the situation in Eastern Europe is worse than ours as they are without the healthcare and support that we are fortunate to have in this country. We would love to bless as many people as possible ..." - Link to Hope

There are different ways to help out with our Shoebox project - even from the comfort of home! To get involved, please complete the volunteer form below, to enable us to see how best to use the offers of help and donations. This year's Shoeboxes letter and instructions are available below. If you would like to make a financial contribution, that would be hugely appreciated - again this year, we are happy to buy the supplies we need, especially as you may find it difficult to shop. For more information, contact our shoebox team

The church will be open on Saturday 6 November and Sunday 7 November between 9.30am and 11.30am for donations to be dropped off.

Our shoebox sorting week is Monday 8 to Friday 12 November (shoebox no. dependent) and will be delivered to Link to Hope HQ on Tuesday 16 November

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16 years of shoeboxes in Hitchin

12,000+ shoeboxes collected and delivered

95% sorted at WRBC, saving hundreds of hours for the charity

100+ volunteer team of sorters

21 schools

7 churches

3 organisations

Countless individuals

thank you!

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 - 2021 planning with Covid-19 prevention is well underway!