Christmas Shoebox Challenge 2022

Sunday, 11 December 2022 - Thursday, 15 December 2022

Take up the challenge this Christmas!

Over 1000 refugee children don’t have much to celebrate this Christmas. Many have had to leave their home and familiar surroundings in a hurry and come to a strange country with nothing more than the clothes they are wearing. Join us as we bring them some cheer this holiday, by giving them 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 from Sunday, 27 November. 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 the following days:

  • Sunday, December 4 at HWC
    (during Sunday Services 9-12)
  • Sunday, December 11 at HWC
    (during Sunday Services 9-12)
  • Sunday, December 18 at HWC
    (during Sunday Services 9-12)
  • Thursday, December 8 at Community Center
    (between 9-15)
  • Thursday, December 15 at Community Center
    (between 9-15)

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 6-11 years old
  • Boy 6-11 years old
  • Girl 12-16 years old
  • Boy 12-16 years old

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.

Also add in a Christmas card with a message and/or scripture for the child.

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  • When: Sunday, 11 December 2022 - Thursday, 15 December 2022
  • Where: Hermann Wesselink College, Startbaan 3 1185 XP Amstelveen