Bring joy this Christmas

Shoe Box Appeal 2021

Your kindness and generosity makes such a difference, receiving a shoebox brings so much joy. We are looking ahead to our Shoe Box Appeal 2021 and to helping vulnerable communities across Eastern Europe.

We trust we will be able to deliver boxes and bags to Albania, Bulgaria, Hungary, Kosovo, Moldova, Romania, Serbia and Ukraine.

Filled shoeboxes and drawstring bags will both be gratefully received at all sort stations throughout the country. For more information about sourcing boxes and bags please see below.

Wherever you are in the United Kingdom, you can download a Shoe Box Appeal checklist here and posters here.

We also have additional resources to help, including knitting patterns and filler ideas, which you can find in our resources section below.

Shoe Box Appeal 2020 Update

We were overwhelmed with the amazing response to our appeal last year. Thank you so much.

75,218 shoeboxes and bags were donated and sent off to Eastern Europe.

Collection Schedules

Download the collection schedules for shoeboxes here.

Shoe Box Appeal Stories

Read inspirational and encouraging stories showing the huge impact of your gift.

Donate to the Appeal

Your generous donations enable us to continue with our work to help people living in dire poverty.

Sourcing Shoeboxes and Bags

Getting a shoebox may challenging; some options for you in sourcing a box or using a drawstring bag.


We always need hats, scarfs and gloves. Some useful information and patterns.

Filler Ideas

Our shoeboxes are full of creative, colourful and joyful gifts. Get some ideas from our supporters.

Watch our Shoe Box Appeal videos here

Main Appeal Video

Video for younger viewers