Spearheaded by the founder of Kidz2Kidz Trust (PBO-930031301), Dee Boehner, the Santa Shoebox Project originated in Cape Town in 2006 and a year later, Irene’ Pieters was appointed as the project’s national coordinator.

Since then, the project has grown in leaps and bounds and the number of Santa Shoeboxes has grown from a humble 180 boxes in 2006 to 32000 boxes in 2010, each year exceeding the annual target by 30% - 50%. In 2009, the Santa Shoebox Project reached children in every corner of South Africa and then in 2010 pushed beyond our borders into Namibia and Botswana, with each country supporting its own children.


 

Kidz2Kidz’s Santa Shoebox Project is an inspiring community initiative that co-ordinates the donation, collection and distribution of personalized gifts at Christmas time to underprivileged children; while at the same time helping parents teach their own children about the joys of giving.

Participating is a profoundly valuable and personal experience as the donor knows the name, age and gender of the child that he/she chooses to donate to and the name of the organization that cares for the child.

The SA Navy is encouraging everyone who is interested to involve themselves in this worthy project. To get involved go to http://www.santashoebox.co.za/ and register. The NBS PR Office will be collecting gifts on behalf of SANDF members in the region and will be delivering the donations to the Constantia drop-off centre on 25 and 26 October 2011.

DROP-OFF : Cape Town-South-Constantia
CONTACT : Kim Lewis
NUMBER : 082 333 5701
ADDRESS : Alphen Hall, Main Road, Constantia (opposite Constantia Village Shopping Centre) DATE : 25, 26 October 2011
TIME : 08h00 - 18h00
DIRECTIONS: From M3, take Ladies Mile/Bergvliet off-ramp, turn onto Ladies Mile Rd. Turn right onto Constantia Main Road. Alphen Hall is opposite the Spar and Post Office at Constantia Village Shopping Centre.

It is requested that all donations be handed into the NBS PR Office in West Yard (opposite Diving School) no later than 14h00 on Monday 24 October 2011.

For Enquiries Please contact Sub Lieutenant S.B. Lanser on 4697 or Cdr C. Pratten on 3611.

See here for instructions on How to Pack a Box and Gift Ideas