Shoebox Scheme


The Rotary Club of Hebden Bridge regularly support the Rotary Shoe Box Scheme by arranging for local schools, businesses and individuals to fill a small, specially designed, box with gifts for orphans and the poor and needy in a number of eastern European countries.

Members of the Rotary club would like to say a big 'Thank You' to everyone who participated in the last club's Shoebox appeal. hundreds of boxes were filled by children from local schools in November. The boxes were taken to the scheme's depot in Preston for delivery to underprivileged children and families in Eastern Europe, in time for Christmas.

We hope to support the Shoebox appeal every year, usually in autumn. If you are interested in supporting the scheme, either as an individual or as a local pub, business, school or nursery please contact us

The Rotary Shoe Box scheme was started in 1994 and was initially intended for sending boxes of gifts at Christmas to children in Romania. Since then the scheme has grown throughout Britain and Ireland and tens of thousands of boxes have now been sent. This figure is increasing rapidly each year and by tying in with other aid organisation we are able to distribute toys and household items to people in many countries where the need is greatest. Countries that have benefited so far include:Romania, Moldova, Belarus, Ukraine, Albania, Kosovo and Turkey. The scheme is simple; during the campaign period, donors take away an empty shoe box from our collection point in Hebden Bridge, fill it with a selection of the suggested items (see below) and return it to the collection point. The Rotary Club of Hebden Bridge will then arrange to return the boxes to the scheme warehouse. The trustees then arrange overland delivery—usually with a Rotarian accompanying the boxes– and then Rotarians in the country of receipt supervise the distribution. The contents should be of good quality, remembering that the recipient will be opening the box in eager anticipation, and especially with the toys for children, quite possibly they will be the first real gifts they have received.

The gift of a Shoebox that contains toys, toiletries, educational items or household goods is a drop of happiness to the people of Eastern Europe who live in a world of poverty. For many, it will be the first present that they have ever received and it lets them know that somebody, somewhere cares.

Boxes can be filled with:Toys: such as ‘Matchbox’ type toy cars, small bouncy balls, jigsaws, fluffy toys, dolls, colouring books, felt tip pens, Lego, yoyo’s, bubble blow, etc.
 Toys are especially appreciated, since these boxes can be used for birthday gifts.
The type of contents are indicated on the box top. In the case of toys, additional information as to the suitability for boy or girl, along with age group is also indicated. A card with the senders name and address, along with a photograph is also a nice thing to include. Teenagers: Please remember boxes for teenage boys and girls up to the age of 18. Boxes can include items such as: make-up, toiletries, sportswear, scarf, gloves, hat, writing materials, deodorants, comb, mirror, football memorabilia, etc

 Household Goods: Can include items such as: hand soap, toothpaste and brushes, envelopes, letter paper, biro pens, etc.
This box is also good for older folk, especially if a warm scarf or a pair of gloves is included.
Please do not mix the contents of the boxes since this makes distribution difficult.

Food -We have had to discontinue with food boxes due to border problems at most East European countries – Please DO NOT include any items of food in your shoe Box

For more information about the scheme please visit

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