Skip links

How did the Soroptimists Support the Christmas Shoebox Appeal for Ukraine?

Medway and Maidstone Soroptimists have been taking part in the Blythswood Shoebox Appeal for more than 20 years. This year, 92 filled Shoeboxes from members were delivered to the Collection Point in Gillingham.

A request was received for volunteers to assist at the Collection Point during the period 25 October – 15 December. Six club members volunteered for a total of 155 hours, some doing a single shift and others up to 24 shifts. Whatever time volunteers can contribute is appreciated by the organisers.

The volunteers checked more than 12500 shoeboxes and packed them into cartons to be transported. The first delivery of 6000 shoeboxes to Ukraine left on 29 November. All checking and cartoning for the 2023 Appeal was completed on time and the final delivery with 800 cartons containing nearly 7000 shoeboxes left on 15 December to get there in time for Christmas.