Link to Hope is a Christian Charity established since 1991 and dedicated to rebuilding lives and communities in Eastern Europe by supporting Education and Social Care projects in Romania, Moldova, Ukraine and Bulgaria. Our church takes part in the annual Christmas shoe box appeal.
Margaret Miskin co-ordinates our church involvement. Contact her for more information:
Telephone: 01296 422919
There are two types of filled shoe-boxes — one for the family and one for the elderly. The charity provides these tips.
FAMILY — Ideas for filling your Shoebox
Personal grooming items — Toothbrushes and toothpaste, Shampoo/shower gel (max 300ml), Safety razors, Plasters, Bar of soap and flannel, Nail clippers/scissors, Brush/comb
Treats — Sweets, Chocolate, Hair accessories,
Fun stuff — Crayons and felt tips, Colouring books, Travel-sized games, such as dominoes, draughts and playing cars, Small toys, such as yoyos, skipping ropes, bouncy balls, puzzles, balloons, Teddies/dolls/soft toys (which have CE labels ).
N.B Handmade knitted toys are very welcome but are not to be put inside the Shoeboxes — please take them along to the area collector (Margaret Miskin) when you take your Shoeboxes.
School items — Solar powered calculators, Pens and pencils, Pencil rubbers and sharpeners.
Family gifts — Plasters, Small sewing kits, Screwdriver/tape measure, New socks/tights, Gloves/hats/scarves, Headscarves, Wind up Torch or Radio, Craft/Sewing Kit, Candles & Holders, Screwdrivers/Tape Measures.
ELDERLY — Ideas for filling your Shoeboxes
(the contents must be suitable for both sexes to receive ie gender neutral as much as possible)
Personal grooming items — Shampoo/shower gel (max 300ml), Tissues, Handkerchiefs, Small Mirror, Bars of soap and flannel. Nail clippers/scissors, brush, comb
Fun stuff — Small games, Pens/Paper. Wind up torch/radio, craft sewing kits, playing cards, dominoes etc
Other items — Scarves/Gloves/Hat, Candles & Holders, Sweets/Chocolates, Reading Glasses, Sensory Items — eg wind chime, lavender bags, a beany item, oil burner etc
Customs regulations mean there are certain items which cannot be included in your Shoeboxes. So please take care not to include any of these things as Link to Hope could be fined or your boxes impounded.
NO medicines or medical products
NO tinned food
NO coffee, tea or alcohol
NO out of date items
NO books or literature
Click here for further information on the Link to Hope website.