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Christmas Appeal 2019 – our 7th annual shoebox appeal

The boy couldn’t remember when he last ate. We all tried not to cry as he devoured the dry bread as though he had never eaten before. He took his thin jacket off, with nothing on underneath he was a stick. We had a few hand knitted jumpers and this one was perfect for him. He had no socks, was shaking – it was snowing and below -10c. Children in the villages get an orange for Christmas – if they are lucky…

Whatever our thoughts on helping those at home first, maybe think about this… so many children we met with no winter shoes, clothes totally inadequate for the bitter winters. Yes this is Romania, this is Europe, but how can anyone not want to make a gesture once a year – at Christmas, to show our love from the UK to those in such desperate need.

We donate where it is most needed, whether they are orphans, low income families, HIV children or simply children who will get no other presents this year. As every year, we are also taking shoeboxes and food for the dogs – those whose need is so dire, every day of the year. It means that the dogs in our rescuers care will have one special day too.

How can you help:

  • You can make a shoebox up with gifts
  • You can visit our amazon wish list and buy an item during the month of October – this will be delivered straight to us – our wish list will be updated on our website.
  • Offer to be a “collection point”
  • Ask your local school or community group to join in too – it really can be fun
  • If you live near Sutton in Surrey and can help us on Monday 25 th November, please email us at [email protected] and let us know that you can help us to fill the lorry.

The detail:

  • If you want ideas what to put in your Shoebox please read on
  • It doesn’t have to be a shoebox any small box is ok as long as we can lift it!

Be a collection point:

  • Please email us at [email protected] if you can be a collection point
  • This will be any day of your choice during October, maybe a two hour time slot in a public place near your home – for example a supermarket car park
  • We will promote your collection point locally and on social media
  • You will need to take the donations in your car and store them inside your home
  • We will help to arrange collection from your home to our storage unit


  • You can check our website for a local collection point (which will be updated by late September)
  • You can post it between 1 st October and 15 th November to: Paws2Rescue Christmas Shoebox Appeal, c/o Big Yellow Self Storage, 12 Kimpton Park Way, Sutton, Surrey, SM3 9QS

Don’t forget the teenagers! Last year we were short of teenagers shoeboxes– we can give these to young mums too!

Simple things such as paper chains bring huge joy – it doesn’t have to cost a lot

Paws2Rescue Christmas Shoebox Appeal 2019 Ideas

Dogs and cats
Cod Liver Oil Capsules for dogs and cats / Fish oil tablets
Salmon Oil
Puppy vitamins
Antibacterial Pets Spray
Parvo Virucide
Spray Silver Antiseptic
Colloidal Silver Spray
Shampoo for sensitive skin
Medicated shampoos – hibiscrub/ chlorhexidine/ketoconazole
Collars – anti flea and ticks
Dorwest tummy powder
Skin cream
Aniwell Active Manuka Honey Tube
Royal Canin Baby Dog Powdered Milk

Waterproof mattress covers
Puppy pads
Waterproof beds
Metal foldable crates

Low income families
dried milk, tinned fruit, instant coffee, fruit teabags, tins of tuna, mugshots, rice, packets of soup, hot chocolate sachets, biscuits, sweeties

toothpaste, toothbrushes, wrapped soap, roll on deodorant, comb/brush, sanitary products, wash bag, face clothes, plasters, nail clippers, tweezers, mini shampoo, mini conditioners, perfume, make-up

hats, scarves, gloves, mittens, cosy socks, bag/purse, hair accessories, hair bands, bobbles

Paws2Rescue is a charity registered in the UK: 1156882

Patrons: Ricky Gervais, Samantha Womack, Wendy Turner-Webster and Marc Abrahams

jigsaws, small board games, small puzzles, playing cards, books, sewing kit, stationary, notebook, pens, Christmas decorations

Individual sachet face masks, make-up, make-up brushes, lip balm, face cleansing wipes, sanitary products, pyjamas, underwear, slipper socks, hot water bottle, t-shirts, nail polish, nail art, nail file, perfume, roll on deodorant, razors, hairbrush, compact mirror, purse/bag, costume jewellery, pretty notebooks and pens, pencil cases

deodorant, hair gel, comb, razors, aftershave, shower gel sets, boxers, socks, football bits and bobs, playing cards, small games, balls, yo yo

magazines, books, notebooks, pens, sweets, slipper socks

Aged 9-12 year old
lip balm, lip gloss, bobbles, hairbands, pretty writing sets (fairy, unicorn, mermaid, glittery), skipping ropes, yo-yo, notebooks, felt tips, pencil cases, glitter pens, mathematics sets, calculator, sticker books, magazines, books, dominoes, small board games, football bits and bobs, wrestling bits and bobs, rubix cube, puzzle books, knickers, socks, pyjamas, slipper socks, woollies, toothbrush, hairbrush, shower gels, face cloths, sweets

Aged 6-8 year old
pyjamas, socks, slipper socks, vests, knickers, hats, scarf, gloves

toys, footballs, skipping ropes, yo-yo, books, pens, pencils, crayons, glitter pens, colouring books, colour by numbers, stencils, small puzzles, pencil case, balloons, fidget spinners, Lego, cars, dolls

Aged 3-5 year old
vests, pyjamas, slipper socks, knickers, socks, hats, scarves, gloves, mittens

character soaps, children’s body wash, children’s toothpaste and toothbrushes, face cloths, pull-ups, hair accessories, hairbrushes

toy cars, aeroplanes, dinosaurs, balls, Lego/duplo, dolls, Barbie dolls, interactive little games, dominoes, snap cards, superhero bits and bobs, jigsaws, crayons, colouring pads, sticker books, stencils, stickers, activity books, glitter pens, finger paints, pencil case, bath toys, bath sponges, small bath towels

Babies and Toddlers
nappies (all sizes), baby wipes, sudocrem, cotton balls, cotton tips, dried baby milk, dummies, bottles, Milton sterilising wipes/tablets, teething rings/toys, bibs, baby bath products, bubble bath, shampoo, comforter, small rattles, small blankets, muslin squares, talc, bath toys, books, soft sponges, bath towel, mobiles, soft baby hairbrush, baby comb, hats, scarves, mittens, activity mat (small) baby toothpaste and toothbrush

Please do NOT send any teddy bears, but new knitted jumpers of all sizes are gratefully received

Dog Food

This year, we are not carrying over to Romania on the lorry large bags of dog food. There are several reasons for this: the cost, volume and weight of the bags. The dogs in the shelter getting tummy aches if we mix up too many different types of food.

This year we are asknig if you want to send food, to donate £7 either by paypal or bank transfer.

Paypal: [email protected]

Bank: Metro. Account Name: Paws2Rescue Account Number: 13210508n Sort: 23-05-80

Once you have sent the £7, pelase email us at [email protected] we will then issue your thank you numbered certificate.

We have accounts with two food manufacturers in Romania. We will buy the pallets of food from them, and they will deliver across Romania at no extra cost.

Thank you all so much for your love and kindness in being a part of Paws2Christmas 2019