For those of you who are confused by that greeting, you have some reading to do below. Head back this way when you are done.
Right, now that we are all at the same place, lets have a little read here. What I can guarantee from this article is warm smile once you have heard the message, and what is almost certainly a guarantee is that many of us will be getting our pencils out too, as we have a shopping list to write down. If you know what I am talking about when I start, fantastic! For the people that don’t – even better, this really is a win-win thing to read about.
Lets just dive in, Santa’s Shoebox Project (SSP)- started in 2006 in the Mother City, by a lovely lady: Dee Boehner.*Just a quick disclaimer: I don’t personally know Dee, but I am sure she is a lovely lady having started this!* In this first year, 180 shoe boxes were collected. Now, these are no ordinary empty shoe boxes…these are boxes filled with thoughtful gifts, for underprivileged kids across our country. In an email I received today, I read a sentence which blew me away. The SSP crew have decided to put a lid on the numbers of boxes they will be collecting, yes…you did read that right! Wait, there is more, the numbers of donations have doubled every year since the projects inception. I have included a graph adjacent to this text, it is simple but effective to show how amazing the people of this land are, those who start these projects, those which volunteer tirelessly and everyone who goes out and gets the things to wrap and put in the box. Then, they wrap the box, too.
Anyway, the focus this year is not numbers (so it has been set at 100 000!), the SSP people are aiming for a wider reach, by growing their satellites to areas where there are fewer donors and the needs are greater. AMAZING!
I was inspired 2 years ago, and loved it so much I couldn’t wait to do it again last year. I got a little carried away on the green and Ben-10 memorabilia, I sure hope the little dude who got it liked green and Ben-10. The box wrapping is definitely something I need to work on though. Third time lucky?! Challenege accepted.
Yes, so check out the website, read the ‘how to guide’, check out the gallery (click HERE for another link to it, especially now that you have decided you are taking part), go get shopping and good luck wrapping!
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