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Hello Joburgers, if you can’t take time off this Mandela Day, don’t worry – the Santa Shoebox Project is offering you the opportunity to purchase a virtual Santa Shoebox for a rural child.
Most people spend their 67 minutes’ service on Mandela Day making up Santa Shoeboxes – decorating the box and filling it with the 8 required items. When pledging opens on 1 August 2018, the donor can choose their child from the on-line list. The Shoeboxes are then dropped off at collection points around the country and distributed in time to bring joy to that specific child at the end of the year.
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This year, starting on Mandela Day, 18 July 2018, the Santa Shoebox Project is offering its busy supporters and those living too far from a drop off point, the opportunity to purchase a Virtual Santa Shoebox. Buying one of these Shoeboxes is the ideal solution for donors living overseas, and for those who can’t take time off to mark Mandela Day, but still want to contribute for a rural child in need.
The Virtual Santa Shoeboxes are made up on the donor’s behalf by teams of volunteers, and will be allocated to underprivileged children living in remote rural areas of South Africa. Because of the lack of donors in such remote areas, these children would not receive a Santa Shoebox at all if it weren’t for the donors who buy Virtual Santa Shoeboxes.
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Every Virtual Santa Shoebox contains all 8 required items – a toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, a facecloth, sweets, a toy, school supplies and an outfit of clothing – as well as extra items, which include a drinking bottle and an activity booklet. The items are packed into a cheerfully printed container, and affixed with a colourful label showing the child’s name.
4 000 Virtual Santa Shoeboxes are on offer, costing R400 including handling. Visit the Santa Shoebox Project website to purchase your Virtual Santa Shoeboxes – www.santashoebox.org.za
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