Christmas Shoebox Challenge 2023

Sunday, 10 December 2023

Take up the challenge this Christmas!

Our shoebox collection will be to bless the almost 1000 refugee children in Ukraine and in De Nieuwe Stad. Join us as we bring them some cheer this holiday, by giving them a gift.

We have set a challenge to collect 1000 shoeboxes filled with gifts that will bring delight and joy to so many children. Will you accept the challenge?

How to participate:
Collect a box from the lobby at church. Fill the box with toys, stationary, and toiletries – look below for filler ideas. Mark the box with the gender and age of the intended recipient. And return it to Crossroads on:

Sunday, December 10 at HWC
(during Sunday Services 9:00-12:30)

A few guidelines:

  • The gifts should be new or in as-good-as-new condition.
  • Don’t include any perishable food stuff and make sure that messy items are well sealed.
  • Wrap the boxes in a way that they can be opened as they need to be checked before distribution.
  • Please label the shoebox with the age & gender of the intended recipient.

Age/gender categories:

  • Girl 0-1 year old
  • Boy 0-1 year old
  • Girl 2-5 years old
  • Boy 2-5 years old
  • Girl 6-12 years old
  • Boy 6-12 years old
  • We also have a group of teenagers that you could make/write a Christmas card for and include a €10 voucher from Action.


Filler ideas:

Babies: Sudocreme, shampoo, baby wash, clothing, soft toys, socks, hats, soft face cloth.
Boy & girl toys: PlayDo, puzzles, music instruments, blocks, lego, soft toys, colouring books, books, skipping rope, ball, yoyo, domino’s.
Boys: car, super hero figure, walkie talkie, toy watch.
Girls: princess toys/dresses, unicorn toys, hair accessories.
Practical items: backpack, small articles of clothing: beanie, gloves, scarf, socks.
Personal care: bar of soap, toothpaste, tooth brush, hair accessories, toiletry bag.
School items: notebook, pen, colouring pencils, ruler, pencil case, sharpener, glue.
You are also welcome to add in a Christmas card with a message and/or scripture for the child.

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  • When: Sunday, 10 December 2023
  • Where: Hermann Wesselink College, Startbaan 3 1185 XP Amstelveen