Shoebox appeal launched this week

Leitrim Observer reporter


Leitrim Observer reporter


Shoebox appeal

Little Mancoba was so excited to see the toys were just for him.

Team Hope’s Christmas Shoebox Appeal was launched this week by Alison Curtis of Today FM. The Weekend Breakfast host has joined forces with Team Hope this year to encourage families, friends, schools, community groups and businesses across Ireland to support the annual Appeal and donate gift-filled shoeboxes to children from some of the poorest regions of the world by 9th November.

It’s easy and simple for people to get involved in their own schools, communities, businesses and among their family and friends. All you have to do is find an empty shoebox, wrap it in Christmas paper and fill it with gifts for a boy or girl aged between 2 and 14, enclose €4 and bring it to a local drop off point. You can get all the information and resources you need online at

Alison said at the launch: “I’m delighted to be supporting the Team Hope Shoebox Appeal this year. My daughter and I take part every year and it’s a very special way for children to understand the power of giving to others but importantly, it is a great opportunity to share a small but immensely powerful gift with less fortunate children. Every Shoebox counts and I’m
encouraging everyone to get involved in whatever way they can to help us smash the target and deliver 280,000 Shoeboxes this year.”

Carol Hennessey, National Christmas Shoebox Appeal Manager says “This simple practical act of kindness means so much to both people here in Ireland donating Shoeboxes and to children overseas receiving a gift. It’s always thrilling to see how vulnerable children overseas respond to receiving a Shoebox gift – their faces just light up!”
When considering items that are best to gift, think of the 4W’s:

- Write – pen, pencil, copybook, paper, colouring book, felt pens, sharpener, eraser, solar
calculator (these children have no access to batteries). 

Wash – toothbrush and toothpaste, soap (wrapped), facecloth, hairbrush, comb.
- Wear – a hat, scarf, gloves, socks or underwear.

-  Wow – sunglasses, games, small Irish gift, a photo of yourself, sweets (must be in date until at least April 2019), make up, a small musical instrument, toys like a doll, a car, cuddly toy, skipping rope, yo-yo or finger puppet.

This year Team Hope are thrilled to be supported by Fitzpatrick Wholesale who are selling Team Hope branded flat pack shoeboxes. The flat pack shoeboxes are available across Flying Tiger Copenhagen stores and selected retailers nationwide, RRP €3. In the last number of years there’s been lots of enquires about sourcing shoeboxes so now, if you can’t easily find
an average sized shoebox, you have the option to buy flat pack shoeboxes instead – no wrapping required!

So please get filling your shoeboxes! Make sure you donate your Shoebox gift through Team Hope’s Drop-Off points by 9th November, this year’s deadline. There are 400 drop off points nationwide, including all Axa, FastFit/FirstStop branches and Toymaster stores. To find your nearest drop-off point visit
Follow Team Hope on Facebook at  and Twitter @TeamHopeIreland #ShoeboxingChampion #EveryBoxCounts