The Shoebox of Love Programme (commonly known as ‘Shoebox’) is an initiative of Operation Shoebox, an independent, accredited non-profit organisation registered in South Africa. Founded in 2006, the 2021 Shoebox of Love drive will bring the number of children and pensioners to have benefitted from the programme to over 34 000 in the last 15 years.
Over the past 7 years the Anna Foundation and Shoebox have developed a wonderful relationship with the common goal of improving the lives of our rural children. The Shoeboxes of Love have become a highlight of the year for the Anna Foundation learners. We are very grateful for this beneficial initiative.
Shoebox came to our rescue in 2017 as we did not have the sponsors to make up 180 boxes for the children at Masizakhe. We are in awe of the Shoebox Team as they efficiently handle their work load and cater to every beneficiary’s needs. These gifts are the most important part of the year for some of the children, as they are the only gift the children get, and we look forward to working with Shoebox into the future.
We have seen so much care going into each box, from the decorating of the boxes to the items chosen. Our children love the stickers and messages and ribbons decorating the boxes. We have, over the years, seen some of the most wonderful gifts given. Shoebox are an amazingly dedicated team. We are so grateful for their passion and perseverance that inspires others to pour out such love. Thank you guys, you are awesome.