Donate

There are two ways you can donate to us - donating funds, or donating items.

Putting together a shoe box of love is lots of fun! Think about the items you use each day - which items can't you go without? These are exactly the types of items you could include.

Our lists below provide some suggestions on what you might like to include in your box. Adding the items listed as 'essential' as a minimum reduces the need for us to add in those items.

Research and feedback received from people affected by previous disasters shows that receiving a box of well thought out luxury items is much more beneficial to the healing and recovery process.

Please note that for health and safety reasons, toiletries must be in their original packaging (toothbrushes must be in sealed packages, for example), and we do not accept ANY second hand items, furniture, electrical goods or food.

Please remember to clearly label your box with the intended recipient's age and gender (eg. Girl, 3-5 years).

Suggested items for boxes

Baby (Boy/Girl)

  • Dummy

  • Disposable camera

  • Bottle

  • Teething gel

  • Baby wipes

  • Bibs

  • Baby lotion

  • Barrier cream

  • Jump suits

  • Socks

  • Rattles

  • Small teddy bear

Female (Adult/Teen)

Essentials

  • Toothbrush

  • Toothpaste

  • Shampoo and conditioner

  • Soap/Body wash

  • Sanitary items

  • Roll on deodorant

  • Razors

Luxuries

  • Face washer/hand towel

  • Small mirror

  • Moisturizer

  • Bobby pins

  • Scented candles

  • Mascara

  • Blush

  • Tinted moisturizer

  • Emery boards/files

  • Hair products

  • Face wipes

  • Lip gloss

  • iTunes vouchers

 

A few key points that might help with putting your shoe box of love together:

  1. Whilst we endeavour to supply recipients with the essentials,it is important that our boxes are also viewed as a gift – a gift of love and hope, and a reason to smile.

  2. For hygiene reasons, toiletries and personal care items must be in their original packaging (i.e. toothbrushes must be in original packaging, not broken up from bulk packs).

  3. For shipping and logistic reasons, please pack items securely in a shoe box (or similar sized box). Five litre plastic containers are perfect.

  4. Items such as bubble bath or products that are likely to leak can be sealed in a ziplock bag for transport purposes.

  5. For safety and security reasons, please do not seal or wrap your shoe box of love.

  6. Don't forget to personalise your Shoe Box of Love by writing your own note showing your support, and add it in to your box!

 

 Male (Adult/Teen)

Essentials

  • Toothbrush

  • Toothpaste

  • Shaving cream

  • Razors

  • Soap/body wash

  • Roll-on deodorant

  • Face washer/hand towel

Luxuries

  • Small mirror

  • Handkerchiefs

  • Magazine

  • Pens

  • Hat

  • Sunglasses

  • Nail clippers

  • Comb

  • Hair product

  • Chapstick/ Paw paw ointment

  • iTunes voucher

Pet

  • Single food sachets

  • Lead

  • Bowl

  • Bottle of water

  • Brush

  • Comb

  • Dog shampoo

  • Toys

  • Blankets (must be new)

  • Bird toys

  • Perches

Child (Boy/Girl)

Essentials

  • Toothbrush

  • Toothpaste

  • Bubble bath

  • Shampoo and conditioner

Luxuries

  • Socks

  • Teddy bear

  • Brush

  • Pencils

  • Crayons

  • Paper

  • Dolls

  • Toys

  • Reading books

  • Colouring books

  • Stickers

  • Skipping rope

  • Bubble blowing liquid

Grandparent (Male/Female)

Essentials

  • Toothbrush

  • Toothpaste

  • Roll-on deodorant

  • Shampoo and conditioner

  • Soap

  • Razor and shaving cream/foam

Luxuries

  • Hair product (gel or spray)

  • Emery boards

  • Hand cream

  • Puzzle books

  • Pens

  • Arthritis cream

  • Denture cleaner

  • Travel sewing kit

  • Powder

  • Moisturizers

Donating a shoe box of love

 
 
 

Our boxes are distributed by a range of reputable organisations. Often we are asked for "Care Packages" to help get those affected back on their feet. Please use the following list of items as a guide when putting your Care Pack together. We understand that Care Packages will likely require a larger box than a shoe box!

Cleaning Care Packages

  • Quality toilet paper (Quilton, Kleenex)

  • Quality tissues (Kleenex, Quilton, Sorbent)

  • Rubber gloves

  • Cleaning products (Bleach, Spray N Wipe, any of the Nature Organics range etc)

  • Washing powder

  • Garbage bags

  • Good quality paper towel

  • Dustpan set

  • Scented candles

  • Hand wash

  • Sorbolene Cream

  • Pack of Tim Tams

  • Stingoes

  • Bug repellent

  • Sunscreen

  • Basic First Aid kit (Panadol, Betadine/Dettol, Bandaids, Tweezers etc)

  • Torch and batteries 

*Please note: These lists are not exhaustive, and are to be used as a guide only. The lists have been developed after hours of consultation, and unauthorised reproduction, without the express written permission of the team at Shoe Boxes of Love is prohibited.

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Shoe Boxes of Love Inc is a registered charity (Licence number: CCP1758), and is endorsed by the Australian Taxation Office as a Deductible Gift Recipient (ABN: 26 013 234 693).

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