Fill a shoe­box for the kids is back col­lect­ing for 2018

Horowhenua Chronicle - - NEWS -

Fill a Shoe­box was a great suc­cess last year and or­gan­is­ers are hop­ing enough lo­cal res­i­dents and busi­nesses will be able to fill 1500 boxes and give many fam­i­lies of lim­ited means a great Christ­mas.

The project be­gan with the Horowhenua Strength­en­ing Fam­i­lies Net­work in 2014 that sup­ported fam­i­lies fac­ing dif­fi­culty buy­ing presents to put un­der the Christ­mas tree. In 2017 Fill a Shoe­box was launched, invit­ing the com­mu­nity and busi­nesses to put to­gether boxes full of things the re­cip­i­ents wouldn’t usu­ally re­ceive. Last year the project or­gan­is­ers gave away 1000 shoes boxes to chil­dren 0-15 years, liv­ing be­tween O¯ taki and Toko­maru.

Over the past four years they say the con­tri­bu­tion from lo­cal or­gan­i­sa­tions, busi­ness, ed­u­ca­tion sec­tor and in­di­vid­u­als has been over­whelm­ing. The goal for this year is 1500 boxes.

Or­gan­is­ers would like the boxes to con­tain a sun­hat, piece of cloth­ing, toy, treat, ac­tiv­ity and a book for a child of cer­tain age and gen­der. For the teenagers’ boxes they are ask­ing peo­ple to use their ini­tia­tive as to what would be bet­ter for them. The boxes can be filled to the brim if you wish to add more goodies for the chil­dren. It’s all about giv­ing the chil­dren a spe­cial box of goodies they wouldn’t oth­er­wise get.

“There is a lot of poverty in our com­mu­nity and this is our way of try­ing to help make Christ­mas spe­cial for the chil­dren.”

This year or­gan­is­ers are fill­ing ‘pre­made boxes’ in­stead of shoe­boxes, so no more wrap­ping boxes. So if you would like a set of boxes for your busi­ness or or­gan­i­sa­tion (or just your­self) please let them know how many you need.

If you wish to fundraise and donate in­stead, that also will help them to fill shoe­boxes.

For more in­for­ma­tion con­tact Therase Apatu on 0296501749 or see the Fill A Shoe­box Horowhenua Face­book page.

Therase Apatu with some of the boxes do­nated last year.

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