Shoe Box Christmas Gifts 2020
Things will be a little
different this year, but we still intend to send as many “Shoe Box” gifts as we
can to Teams4U for distribution to a
vulnerable child or family.
We won’t be holding a
special service in November on one specific Sunday but will be asking you to
bring your completed boxes (as and when you can) to St Mary’s during October (please
check our up-to-date opening times as these are subject to amendment as we try
to re-open our premises for more general use) and leave them in at our drop-off
point. We will leave
them for 72 hours, in quarantine as it were, then remove them to our storage
facility ready for taking to the depot.
Nor this year will we
be providing empty shoe boxes, we just ask that if you can’t acquire one yourself that you
leave us the contents for a box, label etc.
(in a plastic bag), and we’ll do the rest.
If you are unable to
complete a box then as usual we are more than happy to receive items to help us
make up a box, and to receive
cash/cheque donations (cheques payable to Teams4U).
We won’t be leaving
paper leaflets in church either this year, but copies are available via Margaret Forester if required.
If you have internet access then
everything you need to know is available on the Teams4U website: https://teams4u.com/
What to do:
Find an old shoebox (medium size)If you don’t have one at home, you can always pop into a local shoe
Step 2. Wrap it with Christmas paper
wrap the box and lid separately.
Step 3. Fill it with useful gifts
get some inspiration from the list below and watch the Teams4U Shoebox Guide videos on the T4U “You tube”
Step 4. Fill in a donation slip and label
download a label if you have internet
access – or just write a note giving us the relevant details
BOY GIRL HOME BOX
3-5 years 3-5 years
6-11 years 6-11
12+ years 12+
5. Attach a cheque or some cash
can, please include £2.50 in an envelope and attach to the inside of the
shoebox lid. If you are eligible for gift aid and
can download the form please complete and tick the box on the
donation slip to increase your donation to £3.12. - or
you can donate online.
Step 6. Drop off your box
Close the lid with a
rubber band. Please do not tape the lid
Leave your box at St Mary’s (when the church is open)
What to put in your box Please choose a selection of items from those
suggested below – this is not meant to be an exhaustive list (more ideas are
available on the T4U website) but please do not include anything from the ‘NO’
or girls: Toothbrush & toothpaste, hair accessories/brush,
soap & face cloth, stationery & paper, gloves, hat & scarf, new
socks/underwear. Please also include: A soft toy, game, puzzle, small musical
instruments, toy vehicles, small rubber ball/inflatable ball, sweets (use by
date from March), a photo of yourself.
The Home box: Candles, cooking utensils (no knives), plastic
containers, t-towels (preferably decorative), hairbrush, small toiletries,
plastic utensils, bowls & cups, small Christmas decoration, small
decorative item, soap, washing up cloths, clothes pegs, headscarves, new
socks/underwear, jewellery, make-up.
NOT include: Food (only exception is sweets), medicines, military
themed items (such as toy soldiers/tanks/ guns), aerosols or anything highly
flammable, sharp items, novels. Please ensure all items are in good condition and
undamaged. All shoeboxes are checked before leaving the UK and any unsuitable
items will be removed. Sometimes a shoe box may need to be changed to meet