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Cottingley Christmas Shoebox Appeal

Organised by our Caring & Sharing Group we’re taking part in this year's Shoe Box Appeal which ensures that thousands of children around the world get at least one present at Christmas.

Wrap a shoe box with colourful Christmas paper and include one or two special items that a child will fall in love with such as a doll or cuddly toy. You can then fill the box with smaller items such as stationery or toiletries. You can even include a personal note or a photo of your family!

Label the top of the box with boy/girl and age and drop it off at our collection point at St Michael's Church in Cottingley or the Cornerstone Centre on or before Sunday 12 November 2017. If you don't have a shoebox we can provide you with one to fill.

Anyone in Cottingley can take part in this appeal - please drop your box off at Cornerstone Centre if you're unable to take to church. Thank you!

Gift ideas - what to include in your shoebox


Include items that children will immediately embrace such as dolls or stuffed toys (with CE label), toy trucks, harmonica, yo-yo, skipping rope, ball, small puzzles etc.

School Supplies

Pens, pencils & sharpeners, crayons or felt pens, stamps & ink pad sets, writing pads or notebooks & paper, solar calculators, colouring & picture books etc.

Hygiene Items

Toothbrush and toothpaste, bars of wrapped soap, comb or hairbrush, flannel.

Other Items

Hat, cap, gloves or scarf, sunglasses, hair accessories, jewellery set, wind up torch, wrapped sweets (best-before-date must be at least March of the following year).

Do Not Include

Used or damaged items, war related items such as toy guns, play soldiers or knives; chocolate or other food items; liquids or lotions of any type including bubbles; medicines; hand-made or knitted stuffed toys; anything of a political, racial or religious nature; sharp objects; glass containers, mirrors or fragile items; playing cards of the 4-suit variety; clothing other than as listed above.

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