Wednesday, November 11, 2020

Santa in a Shoebox

From Racine County Eye:

 It’s the most wonderful time of the year. Right? Tis the Season for gift giving, cookie baking, and spreading cheer. One particular event is all about making the holidays special for those in need. The local organization Santa in a Shoebox has become a holiday tradition to many families across Southeastern Wisconsin. Boxes are filled with items such as toys and treats as a way to bring holiday cheer to those in need.

Santa in a Shoebox was founded by Diana Higgenbottom Anagnostopoulos. This is the 12th consecutive year that this event will take place. What started in her basement at filling 80 boxes has turned into distributing thousands of boxes over 3 counties in Wisconsin. These boxes benefit different organizations and shelters.

Coming Together

Businesses, families, and community organizations are focusing on spreading holiday cheer with others despite COVID-19 and health concerns. 2020 has been a year full of uncertainty, but what’s certain is that Santa in a Shoebox is bringing people together. In a time where human connection is continually changing, this event aims to unite.

Santa in a Shoebox benefits more than just those receiving boxes. The founder says “to be honest, I thought about maybe not doing it this year, but as far back as July, all three counties we serve expressed a willingness to do this, wanting to give back and spread kindness.”

Participating in the Event

Businesses, church groups, and community members participate to build boxes or donate items to go into boxes. You too can collect, donate, and package. Getting involved is a great way to help those in need and give back.

How to box?

Before you can wrap the box, you must fill the box. Shoeboxes that are donated should be labeled to fit specific genders and age groups.

  • Age Groups & Genders :
    • Newborns to 2 years old (Female & Male)
    • 3 to 5 years old (Female & Male)
    • 6 to 8 years old (Female & Male)
    • 9 to 12 years old (Female & Male)
    • 13 to 17 years old (Female & Male)
    • Adult (Female & Male)
    • Seniors (Female & Male)

What goes in a box?

Every kid wants to open a gift on Christmas. This event allows you the freedom of stuffing boxes with toys, treats, gifts, and toiletries, and these items all make great shoebox stuffers.

  • Stuff the shoebox with:
    • Books, Crayons, Gift Cards, Mittens, Playing Cards, Toothbrushes, Coloring books

If you do not have a physical shoe box to fill, items are greatly appreciated to donated individually. These donations can be made at the drop off locations

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