Sisters collect shoe boxes full of Christmas gifts to send to underprivileged children


Sisters Margaret Edwards and Jean Parker of EJPoyner in Ludlow started collecting shoe boxes for Christmas in 2005

Margaret and Jean, of Poyner’s Drapers, in Broad Street, Ludlow, carry on a tradition they started in 2005, and have already shipped some 95 children’s shoe boxes to Bosnia, Romania and Moldova.

“The kids might have nothing for Christmas other than a shoebox,” said Margaret. “It is a beautiful thing to do and it matters to us.”

The philanthropic pair have teamed up with Robin Elt Shoes at Bull Ring, to collect a year’s supply of shoeboxes that people can take and fill or for merchandise that is given away.

Boxes tell the recipient that someone, somewhere, has the box prepared for them and cares about them and this can bring joy and excitement to an often dark existence.

A shoebox for a boy or a girl can be donated or a home box for a family. Items that can be included in the boxes include toothbrush and toothpaste, hair accessories, soap and washcloth, stationery and paper, gloves, hat and scarf, new socks or new underwear.

A plush, game, puzzle, small musical instruments, toy vehicles, candy with an expiration date from June and a small ball can also be included.

For the home, items such as candles, plastic containers, T-towels, bowls and cups, clothespins, scarves and small decorative items can be included.

But food, medicine, war-related items, fragile items, aerosols, or any highly flammable or sharp object should not be included.

The shoebox campaign is managed by Wrexham-based Teams4U, and they must be filled and returned by November 26, says Margaret.

Teams4U has other drop-off points across Shropshire which can be found on their website.


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