This year, the share a shoebox project is teaming up with Women for Refugee Women. They support women who have fled dangers such as rape in conflict, torture and trafficking and have come to the UK to seek safety. These women are often destitute or on very low levels of support.
We ran the share a shoebox project for the first time in 2017. Our plan is, and always will be, simple. We’re asking anyone and everyone to fill shoeboxes, which can become gifts for women who may not otherwise receive anything special during the festive period, and then we take care of the rest.
Women for Refugee Women are hosting a party for some of the women they support this Christmas, so we are aiming to collect 40 filled shoeboxes this year and deliver them wrapped and ready to distribute. The boxes will go to the 40 women who have excelled in their English classes. The deadline for boxes is end of the day on 1st December 2018.
The refugee crisis is real and cannot be ignored. Any support you can give is appreciated.
sounds great, how do i take part?
>> step 1: find a shoebox (or we can provide one for you).
step 2: fill it up with gifts! Some items that the women would love are toiletries, make-up, chocolates, socks, books and accessories. Please avoid alcohol and electrical or Christmas themed items.
Please also bear in mind that all gifts should be new and all edible items should be wrapped and within their sellby dates. We recommend spending about £20 on your box so we can ensure consistency.
okay, i've got my box, now what do i do with it?
>> you are welcome to wrap it (lid and box separately please) in some snazzy wrapping paper, or Saz can wrap them for you (if you, like Laz, are a wrapping rookie)!
Drop at locations in Balham, Greenwich or Southwark, or we can pick them up from you in various London based locations. Get in contact to co-ordinate!
Deadline: midnight Saturday 1st December ‘18
then what happens?
>> we will deliver them to Women for Refugee Women on the week, and will keep you updated on the journey of all the boxes on our website and social media.
If you would like to help us deliver boxes to W4RW, lend us your wrapping skills or help spread the word, get in touch!
If you want more info, why not also check out how the share a shoebox project went last year.