By Diane Scrimgeour

Last week my colleague Susan and I went on a shoe themed shopping trip- most ladies love shoe shopping and I am no exception, however this shopping trip will bring pleasure to some children in need elsewhere in the world.

For the past five years, we have been filling shoe boxes with Christmas gifts for children less fortunate. To fill as many boxes as possible, we organise a cake sale in our Newcastle office to raise money then head off to the shops to get as many toys, toiletries and treats. We also ask people in the office to bring items in. This year we have filled 18 boxes which we have dropped off to a Samaritans Purse drop off point.

So what do you put in a shoe box?

You first decide whether the box is for a boy or a girl and then select an age category. Then you fill it with a mix of:

Toys – Appropriate for their age – this year we bought, soft cuddly animals, cars, wooden games, skipping rope, balls, assorted games, toy mobile phone, tea set, dolls, horses, frisbee and painting sets.

School Supplies – We included, coloured pens, crayons, pencils, rubbers, pencil sharpeners, note books, colouring books, rulers and pencil cases.

Hygiene Items – We included soap, flannel, sponge, tooth paste, tooth brush, face wipes, soap dishes and nail files.

Accessories – We included, combs, brushes, hair bobbles, nail art stickers, hats, scarf, gloves, socks and slippers.

Sweets – We included soft gums, haribo, chews, lolly pops, fizzy laces and marshmallows.

All the items are put into a shoe box which we wrap in colourful wrapping paper.

If you would like to do the same, there is still time – click here for all the guidelines. Each package comes with a tracking number so you get to find out where the parcel was delivered, which adds to the special feeling you get by taking part.

Find out more about Cundall – http://www.cundall.com/

Photo: courtesy of Samaritan’s Purse

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