Nantwich Rotary, with help from the Inner Wheel Club of Nantwich and Rotary Club Wych Malbank, has been busy filling Rotary shoeboxes with gifts and essentials.
These have now started their journey to families in need in Lithuania, Romania and Ukraine.
Originally started by Rotary clubs in north-west England in 1994, the Rotary Shoebox Scheme was set up to provide children in North-East Romania with Christmas gifts.
Each year the Rotary Shoebox scheme sends around 50,000 shoeboxes filled with essential supplies and gifts, such as toothpaste, soap and toys.”
Since 1994, the scheme has become a national project supported not only by Rotary clubs but also by individuals, schools, companies, churches, Inner Wheel and Rotaract.
Nantwich Rotary Club President, Michael Parrot: “Each year the Rotary Shoebox scheme sends around 50,000 shoeboxes filled with essential supplies and gifts, such as toothpaste, soap and toys.
“These are now sent out throughout the year to many different countries in Central and Eastern Europe.”
📦 This year, the Rotary Shoebox Scheme hit a landmark figure of distributing its one millionth shoebox packed with gifts to Eastern Europe.
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Michael continued: “Toys for all age groups are especially useful all year round for birthday presents in orphanages and hospitals.
“Shoeboxes have been delivered to children and teenagers in orphanages, hospitals and street kids, as well as to adults in TB and AIDS hospitals and women’s refuges.”
To find out more about the Rotary Shoebox Scheme, click here.