Four months today, we will once again be celebrating Christmas. It’s a wonderful thought for children who are busy preparing their ‘wish list’. However spare a thought for all the underprivileged children who are not as fortunate and may not experience a Festive season as we do. For them a gift is a privilege, a sheer joy and nothing is taken for granted.
The Santa Shoebox Project originated in Cape Town and has grown in leaps and bounds, with the number of Santa Shoeboxes growing from a humble 180 boxes in 2006 to a record 118 274 in 2013. The boxes are distributed to more than 1000 recipient facilities, through more than 60 satellites around South Africa and Namibia. The success of the Project can largely be attributed to its personal nature – donors give gifts to children whose names, ages and genders are known.
This is a wonderful program to use to instil kindness, appreciation and the joy of giving in your child. The process is very easy and fun to do with older children that understand. Visit the Santa Shoebox website http://santashoebox.co.za/ to register as a supporter and pledge a shoebox. All necessary details are well documented on the website.
Once registered, pledging will begin on 1 September 2014. This is where you will be able to select a child from a facility in your area by gender and age to ensure that your purchases are relevant for them. To ensure that each child receives more or less a similar gift, a list of pre-requisite items is listed http://santashoebox.co.za/how-to-pack-a-santa-shoebox/
Enlisting on this project truly makes one realize how something so small can make such a big difference in another ‘little’ life. As Mother Teresa said, ‘Intense love does not measure, it just gives’.