Image via @Geckoandfly #Beablessing #Kindness #DailyKindspiration
Image via @Geckoandfly #Beablessing #Kindness #DailyKindspiration
@santashoebox #Charity #SouthAfrica #SuzelleDIY
Still wondering how to decorate your box?
Watch Suzelle’s video NOW for some creative ideas and get GOING! Pretoria drop off opens next week, Thursday, so time is short. (If you live elsewhere in South Africa, visit the website at http://www.santashoebox.org.za to find your area’s drop off dates and times.)
REMEMBER your box is also part of the gift. The children tend to keep the boxes and fill them with precious keepsakes. Some of these children have nothing, so that box becomes their own, personal (and secret) treasure box. You may think it is ‘just a box’, but to them it becomes a personal item, something belonging JUST to them.
You have no idea how much your gift changes their lives. It makes them feel special, loved and worthy of another person’s attention and care. There simply are no words to describe what it means to them.
REMEMBER: one box, one life and a world of difference.
Any questions? Complete the contact form below.
@santashoebox #Charity #SouthAfrica #Magic8
New to giving with the Santa Shoebox Project? Well, listen up, some helpful tips coming your way!
Though not the official ‘codename’, I think ‘magic 8’ will work to describe the 8 compulsory items every box should contain.
These are very basic and, if you are an old hand at Santa Shoebox-packing, you will know that you need not wait until the last minute to purchase these items. They can be added to your monthly grocery list so that you can start collecting them in January. You will also know to keep an eye out for specials throughout the year. In the end, using just your magic 8-collection, you will probably be able to fill quite a number of boxes.
Here is the list:
To this you can add whatever you like to fill up your box. Use your imagination and let your own kids become part of the project. Let them write Christmas notes to the child (the kids LOVE that) or have them draw a pretty picture.
Now, the boxes, next week I’ll be sharing a video to help you with ideas on how to cover the box. Suffice to say, for now, make it fun and interesting.
REMEMBER to paste your printed label on the box and do not damage the bar code. That will tell our computers exactly where the box must go, even if the name is lost!
Keep well and happy packing!
If you have questions or queries, please complete the contact form below and we will get back to you ASAP.
BY THE WAY you can print out the image above and paste it on carton. Cut it out and it becomes a little puzzle that you can add to your box!
@santashoebox #PledgeIsAPromise #Charity #Giving
Every year the teams at SSB drop-offs around South Africa are faced with one big problem. So called ‘no shows’. ‘No shows’ are pledged boxes that are never delivered.
You cannot believe the work that teams have to do just to get a drop-off up and running, not to mention doing marketing, sourcing donors, checking boxes, coordinating bulk pledges, ensuring that there are enough ‘fillers’, managing time schedules for volunteers, coordinating transport of cartons and planning celebrations. (Fillers are the compulsory items which are often forgotten by our enthusiastic donors. During ‘box checking’ these items are added to the boxes). Fortunately our magnificent teams have all this down to a science and things usually run very smoothly.
Unfortunately, we always have to deal with ‘no shows’. I want you to consider this for a minute: imagine you are promised something and you look forward to receiving it for months, only to realize that you are not going to get it after all. Every year we are faced with that problem. How do you tell an innocent child that the promised gift will not be delivered, because a donor couldn’t manage to make good on his promise to pack a box? It is simply not possible. That is why it is the team’s responsibility to ensure that every child on the pledged list get a box. We pack boxes ourselves and use our ‘fillers’ to do so. You may think that it is just one or two boxes, you are SO wrong. Sometimes it is hundreds of boxes.
So, while I am encouraging you to become part of the phenomena that is Santa Shoebox, to do your little bit by pledging a box, I also beg of you to make good on that pledge. A pledge is a promise. Not to us, but to a child. A child that has never received a Christmas gift in his life. We work closely with facilities like daycare centres and orphanages to plan their Santa Shoebox gifts. It is not as if it will be a huge surprise to them, they are expecting to receive boxes. The beneficiary facilities usually help plan celebration days and these events become the highlight of the year. The children are prepared well in advance for this spectacular day and are sometimes even part of it by performing dances or singing. Can you imagine the disappointment if we have to cancel it all because the boxes were ‘no shows’?
If you think you will NOT be able to fill a box with the necessary items, then you should not pledge one. You can still bring joy to the children by volunteering your services or donating ‘fillers’ if you can afford it. I know that times are tough. The economy is in a downward spiral and few people have the financial resources to give to charity. Some people may even feel that they need some charity themselves! Just, please, do not make a promise you cannot keep.
As I mentioned, you can still be involved without spending money. Volunteer to help at drop-off or join the team when they hand out the gifts during celebrations. No one will think less of you if you just volunteer, you are, after all, still giving. You are giving your time to bring joy to others.
REMEMBER: you don’t have to fill the box to the brim. While we do appreciate it and the children are, of course, thrilled by all the lovely items inside, the compulsory items will suffice.
These items are:
For those of you who pack boxes and drop it off on time, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts. To the children you are angels from heaven, bringing brightness to their dull lives. You are doing something that the child will remember forever.
You are indeed making a difference.
If you have any questions or queries, please do not hesitate to get in touch by completing the contact form below.
If you would like to pledge a box or volunteer now, please visit http://www.santashoebox.org.za and register online.
@santashoebox #TheLittleOptimist #GregBertish
Purchase a copy of The Little Optimist and a Santa Shoebox beneficiary child will receive a copy for free! Save the date to meet Greg Bertish at the CTICC on Saturday 11 November, and have your copy signed.
Santa Shoebox Project on Facebook.
@67blankets #MMM #Charity #SouthAfrica #Crocheting #Knitting #YesWeWool
Oh yes, people, the deadline is looming ever closer! All your #MMM-blankets must be handed in by 15 December 2017.
Wondering where we stand ‘blanket wise’? Have a look at the images above. These represent the #MMM stock as on 17 August.
Need I say more? Well, if you cannot properly see the figures in the picture, here it is:
88/964 Grey blankets – still need 876
16/480 Black blankets – still need 464
31/84 Red blankets – still need 53
13/76 Yellow blankets – still need 63
11/84 Blue blankets – still need 73
14/76 Green blankets – still need 62
We will have to get creative at the speed of light NOW if we want to make target by 15 December.
Just to remind you, here is the plan for the blanket itself. Have a look at the colour codes for the wool below.
The wool we use is Pullskein DK & Charity DK. The colour codes are as follows:
Light Grey (59) & Silver Grey (011)
Black (01) & Black (017)
Red (13) & Red (136)
Yellow (62) & Bright Yellow (138)
Royal Blue (05) & Royal Blue (008)
Bright Green (63) & Emerald Green (022)
Look at these beauties that were created by our enthusiastic knitwits:
Head office was also blessed by a financial donation from Telesure. They were able to purchase 5000 balls of grey wool with the funds.
So, my message to you today, if you’ve already finished a few #MMM’s (sounds like candy, doesn’t it?), thank you SO very much for your hard work. If you still plan to contribute a blanket, please start as soon as you can so that you don’t miss the deadline.
REMEMBER: DEADLINE IS 15 DECEMBER 2017.
If you have any questions, do get in touch with head office via the website: www.67blankets.co.za. You can also look up your regional ambassador and give him or her a shout. Alternatively, complete the contact form below and we’ll be in touch ASAP.
Have a greyt day, everyone!!
All images via @67 blankets on FB: bit.ly/2xTx5qH
#ServantSong #LoveOneAnother #LoveShines
I have always loved this song. Don’t know which one of you will remember (probably the older generation will), but I recall us listening to the vinyl by ‘The Fisherfolk’ back in the day. Their rendition of this song was especially beautiful.
Today I discovered it again on YouTube and found it just so apt for the times we live in and the neverending work we, as God’s labourers, have to do.
This message comes from my heart to yours, friends. Even if my work among you never make an ounce of difference, if I miss your phone call or cannot source donations you asked for, I need you to remember that I am just a servant. I am the clay in the Potter’s hands and He will listen to every prayer.
Have faith and hope, because He knows you, He created you and He will never leave you. He NEVER misses a call or find it impossible to secure donors that can contribute funding or items to support you in your need.
Yes, you may wander off in strange directions and THINK that you’ve sinned so much that God could not possibly forgive you and help you again. You are SO wrong. No sin can survive in the glory of God’s love.
Of all things, love is the greatest. Love covers a multitude of transgressions and through love God forgives us. Therefore, I call on all of you to also be servants to each other. To BE there for each other, to encourage and support, to NOT be blinded by someone’s bad attitude towards you. Love each other and through that immense gift, we will conquer a sinful world and be the light that shines in these terrible, dark times.
God bless you all.
Video posted on March 19,2012 by justmeint1 on YouTube: youtu.be/uSG1qm5KT1c
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