To date 652,180 Shoeboxes containing 8 prescribed items have been distributed to underprivileged children around South Africa and Namibia. The success of the Project can largely be attributed to its personal nature – donors give gifts to children whose first names, ages and genders are known.
The theme this year, our 11th year, is ‘March To A Million’. By increasing the number of Shoeboxes distributed each year to 110 000 this year, 115 000 in 2018 and 120 000 in 2019, we’ll be proudly receiving our millionth Shoebox and handing it to our millionth recipient child by 2019!
SSB is supported by an extensive network of volunteers who give freely of their time and expertise without remuneration. The Project also relies on the generous backing of various corporate sponsors pledging financial or pro bono support. Many companies, involving their staff members, pledge Santa Shoeboxes as part of their Corporate Social Investment programmes.
Pledging or volunteering for the Santa Shoebox Project is a wonderful way to channel your CSI. Staff members could for example be incentivized to pledge a Shoebox in their personal capacity, with the company matching them one-for-one. The company could offer to subsidize the cost of the Shoeboxes, which average out at around R350 each. Virtual Santa Shoeboxes could be pledged, a completely hassle-free way of ensuring that your chosen child/ren receive a Santa Shoebox; these are packed by the SSB Team and no Drop Off is required. Members of staff could be given time off to volunteer at Drop Offs, which take place towards the end of October and early in November countrywide.
I invite you to visit our website www.santashoebox.org.za for a real feel of the Project and its wonderful supporters – volunteers, sponsors, donors and recipients alike. Visit our FAQ pages for loads more information about how to become involved and, should you require any additional information, please don’t hesitate to ask.
As a Level One Contributor to B-BBEE, SSB earns 100 points on the generic scorecard, and with our Section 18A status, is also able to provide a tax-deductible receipt in recognition of your donation. The Project is an initiative of the JOG Trust (IT2671/2009). The Trust is registered as a Public Benefit Organization (PBO-930031301), and a Non Profit Organization (NPO 102-098).
We look forward to marching with you all the way to a million happy little hearts!
Hannelie Pretorius (Albertinia)
078 334 0389