Every year St Francis NS families generously support the Team Hope Christmas Shoebox Appeal.  This year, the school has decided to do the Shoebox Appeal with local Blackrock charity, Crosscause, run by Conor Hughes.

Crosscause’s Christmas Shoebox Appeal is a campaign that delivers gifts straight into the hands of orphans, children with disabilities and children fleeing the war in Ukraine.  Often these shoebox gifts are the only gift that a child will receive at Christmas and the joy that they bring is incredible.  Since 2010, with your help, we have delivered shoebox gifts to vulnerable children across the world.

As in previous years, we hope that every pupil will participate by bringing in a filled and wrapped shoebox to give to children far less fortunate than any of us.

** We also accept filled shoeboxes from friends and neighbours in the Blackrock Community ** 

Filled Shoeboxes can be brought to school any time between now and Friday 10th November.

The filled shoeboxes are loaded by Crosscause onto their truck, which will make the long journey by land and sea to deliver the gifts directly to the Romanian and Ukrainian children in their orphanage in Romania – right into a child’s hands.

Fill a Box in 4 Simple Steps

  1. Decide whether the gift is for a boy or girl and decide what age.
  2. Fill the box:  There is no size limit so let your imagination run wild!  Just make sure the box is big enough.
  3. Decorate the box (optional).
  4. The last step is to stick a label on the front of the box saying whether it’s for a boy or girl and of what age.  We have stickers at the school office if needed.

What Can I Put in a Box?

You can put in fun things like toys or games – remember they must fit in the box.  You can also put in books and some essentials that we take for granted like toiletries, toothbrushes and facecloths will also be appreciated.

Just remember; no food or liquids and no sharp objects

Letter From Conor Hughes