Christmas Shoeboxes 2023

Each year, members of some 50 Rotary Clubs in the Wessex District (D1110 – which includes the Channel Islands) organise the collection, checking, categorisation, packing and despatch of some 18,000 shoeboxes filled with gifts for disadvantaged children in Moldova, Montenegro, Romania – and now Ukraine, through our contacts with Rotary clubs in Poland and Moldova.

In an endeavour to provide children with equal pleasure when opening their boxes, Wessex Rotary now provide a standard-sized box which is supplied at the beginning of each annual appeal to the schools, nurseries and individual donors taking part. This also enables us to pack them more efficiently into shipping cartons for eventual despatch to their destinations and keeps transport costs down. All we ask for is a donation of a £2 per box (with the coin sellotaped on the lid). This is much less than for other Christmas shoebox schemes.

This year Winchester Rotary has donated 638 filled shoeboxes to contribute to the 18,669 boxes collected this year. In addition, we have been given over 200 woollen items – jumpers, scarves, hats and gloves- as well as blankets, knitted by several local craft groups including Winchester Inner Wheel. These are all gratefully received and, as the pictures, they will be joining other knitted items, including a whole carton of Father Christmases, to delight the children.

Our thanks go to the seven local primary schools, four nursery and church groups, and the many individual donors who have helped us bring joy to so many children this Christmas.

A selection of photos here:  Christmas shoeboxes 2023

Colin Cook

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