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Magill Scouts Community Project 2011 - Shoe Boxes of Love

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The Leaders have agreed to undertake a whole of Group community project this year and we’ve selected “Shoe Boxes of Love”.

What is a Shoe Box of Love? In essence it is a Christmas gift to a child in an underprivileged country.
A Christian organisation knowns as Samaritan’s Purse manages the program known as Operation Christmas Child, which over 20 years has delivered 1m+ shoe boxes to children at Christmas time. The map shows where the boxes head in our Asia Pacific region.
Refer to their website for further information…
http://samaritanspurse.gotdns.org/

Over Terms 1, 2 & 3 we will be asking Joeys, Cubs and Scouts to bring along SMALL donations of NEW goods or gold coin donations at particular events. If your family cannot donate each time, that’s OK – it’s about the whole community of our Scout Group contributing what they can. If you can donate something extra, that will be great too. Or have your Joey, Cub or Scout ask family or friends to donate something too if you wish.

In late Term 3 Joeys, Cubs and Scouts will pack the items collected into shoe boxes ready to be sent to the designated country during October and November.

Besides the goods required, we need to provide $9/box donation to cover the cost of transportation and distribution.

We hope this will provide all members of our Scout Group community the opportunity to share a little of our own comforts with another child. Maybe your Joey, Cub or Scout could use some pocket money to purchase a small item for inclusion or forego a school lunch order to help them appreciate their ability to contribute to another child in meaningful way.

If someone in your family loves to knit, there are some patterns attached for items ideal to include in the shoe boxes.

Eventually our shoe boxes need to contain one or more items from each ‘something’ category:

SOMETHING TO LOVE
Teddy bear, doll, soft toy, etc.

SOMETHING FOR SCHOOL
Exercise book, pencil case, pens, pencils, colouring pencils, sharpener, eraser, chalk, etc.

SOMETHING TO WEAR
T-shirt, shorts, underwear, cap, beanie, sandals, thongs, etc.

SOMETHING TO PLAY WITH
Tennis ball, cars, skipping rope, marbles, musical instrument, yo-yo, slinky, finger puppets, wind up torch, etc. (No battery operated items!)

SOMETHING FOR PERSONAL HYGIENE
Soap and face washer, toothbrush, hairbrush, comb, hair-clips, scrunchies, etc. (No toothpaste)

SOMETHING SPECIAL
Carry bag, sunglasses, bangles, necklaces, craft kits, stickers, note or photo of yourself.

Items that are NOT allowed:

ITEMS THAT LEAK OR MELT – (these can spoil boxes) including toothpaste, shampoo, bubbles, plasticine/play dough and batteries
FOOD OR LOLLIES OF ANY KIND – (due to customs regulations) including medicines and vitamins
ANY USED OR DAMAGED ITEMS – (due to customs regulations) including worn clothing and old toys
ANY BREAKABLE ITEMS – including glass, porcelain and mirrors
ANY ITEM THAT CAN SCARE OR HARM A CHILD – including knives, war-related toys and toy guns
ANY GAMBLING-RELATED ITEMS – including play money, playing cards and dominoes
ANYTHING OF A RELIGIOUS, RACIAL OR POLITICAL NATURE

It is VERY important that the conditions above are followed in order to comply with various overseas government and customs constraints and to protect the content of the shoe boxes. We reserve the right to remove any unsuitable items.