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THE GIFT OF A SHOEBOX
At this time of year, St Joseph’s is again supporting the Rotary Shoebox Scheme.
The scheme provides gifts for children and families who live in daily poverty in Central & Eastern Europe.
The Shoebox Scheme is supported by Rotary Clubs throughout the UK & Ireland.
Each participating school is linked to one local Club, which for us is the Rotary Club of Aberdeen.
The Rotary Shoebox Scheme is an independent charity which operates all year round.
In the recipient countries, shoeboxes are distributed through a network of partnerships with welfare and relief organisations.
Supporting the Rotary Shoebox Christmas Appeal ensures that children and families
in Central & Eastern Europe will receive at least one gift this year – a filled shoebox.
For some children and families, that one shoebox will be their only Christmas present.
In November 2018, Rotary Clubs in NE Scotland uplifted 6,200 filled boxes.
Since 2003, Clubs in North & East Scotland have collectively filled over 120,000 boxes.
In 2018, the Rotary Shoebox Charity distributed 48,950 boxes to countries such as
Albania, Bulgaria, Moldova and Romania.
The Christmas 2019 Appeal boxes are being sent to the Ukraine.
Additional distribution is taking place within Romania and Moldova in January and February.
Each trailer load contains 13,500 – 14,000 shoeboxes.
In 2018, St Joseph’s pupils and families made another significant contribution to the Shoebox Scheme.
160 filled boxes and £240, to offset administration and distribution costs, by attaching £1/£2 coins.
Since 2015, St Joseph’s has filled 850 boxes and contributed £1,250.
Next term, to mark these achievements, Shoebox Certificates will be presented at a special School Assembly.
For more information about the Rotary Shoebox Scheme and its impact
For information about Rotary
Please use only the Rotary boxes supplied.
Parents may also wish to send in additional items which will be made up to create more filled boxes.
A separate leaflet – with information about suitable items – accompanies each shoebox and is at the bottom of this letter.
Initially, each family receives one box and additional boxes are available from the school office.
Filled boxes should be returned to school by Monday 11 November.
While The Gift of a Shoebox is its contents, the value of each box received is far greater.
Rotary enables that gift to be made by purchasing the Shoeboxes, at a cost of 90p for each box supplied.
Please help reduce outlays by attaching £1 /£2 in coins and returning all unused boxes.
The Rotary Shoebox Scheme Co-ordinator for our school is John Milne.
He can be contacted directly about any queries or for further information.