Today Beth and I finally delivered our Shoe boxes to the toyshop in town. Every year for as long as I can remember we have packed up one or two boxes and dropped them off at the collection point.
Last years boxes ended up in Swaziland!! I was quite surprised that they went to Africa as most of the recipient countries are in Northern Europe, so we pack cold weather 'stuff'.
This year we started early, we went to Poundland and Home Bargains direct in Stevenage and stocked up on the essentials. They suggest soap, toothbrush, toothpaste, woolly hat, gloves and scarf, some sweeties, and then some age appropriate toys. We made up a boy and girl box so we added a mini train set, some toy cars, a kaleidoscope, a teddy, socks, a toy doll, colouring books, note books, pens, pencils, felt pens, Slinky's and some hair bits. Its a real boon to be able to buy the stuff from shops like poundland as they are very good value for money and you can get a great variety of things into the boxes!
We have made boxes for 4-9 year olds and we have again paid on line, which means that we will hear where the boxes end up. Its a great thing to do and I know that they are appreciated by the children who get them.
Have a look HERE its not too late to join in.
This has been quite a week lots going on, the election of the Police Commissioner happened and we now know that we have a commissioner who favours outsourcing the work of Police Staff, I think our future is looking very uncertain. Best I get my finger out and see if there is anything else that I want to do!!!
Have a good weekend.