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Ways to Participate

You can participate in a number of ways:


Donate your Time

We welcome volunteers.  Year-round opportunities include collecting shoeboxes, knitting hats (or puppets) and covering shoeboxes in Christmas wrapping paper.  In preparation for the Bazaars, we welcome help with advance publicity, transport, stewarding and catering - to name just a few of the jobs.


Visit one of our Grand Bazaars

Join us at one of our Grand Bazaars to select and pack your own personal shoebox gift.  Dates in RED are when a "Buffet Car" will be in operation, offering free refreshments to all visitors.

  • Saturday 13th October 2018     10am - 4pm   at Formby Methodist Church, Elbow Lane, Formby   L37 4DX
  • Wednesday 17th October 2018     10am - 4pm    at St. Peter's Church Hall, Paradise Lane, Formby
  • Saturday 20th October 2018     10am - 4pm     at Moor Lane Methodist Church, Crosby
  • Saturday 10th November 2018     1pm - 4pm     at Emmanuel Baptist Church, Netherton


Donate your Money

£6 will fill and deliver a shoebox of treasures to a child in need overseas but we are happy to accept donations of any size since, in our Charity, every penny counts.

  • If you want to give on-line, please visit our MyDonate page by using the purple button below.  If you're a tax-payer please consider Gift Aiding your donation so we can help more children.
  • If you wish to make a regular payment or one-off bank transfer, please contact us for our bank details and a GIft Aid declaration (where appropriate).


Enter our Art Competition (under 19s only)

Each shoebox we send contain a Christmas/greetings card containing a message from the person who packed the shoebox.  The Christmas shoeboxes usually go to boys and girls between the ages of 2 and 14 years.  Please design a new picture for us to use in this year's Christmas shoeboxes.  You can use any piece of paper provided it does not exceed A4 (210mm x 297mm).  The cards we print are usually 15cm x 10cm so bear in mind how your design might look at this size.  Please write your name, age and contact details on the reverse of your entry.  (We suggest a phone number or email address of a parent or guardian.  We will only use these details to communicate with the winners.)


Prizes: A grand prize of a £50 Amazon voucher for the best entry and £20 Amazon vouchers for the runners-up in each of the entry classes.


Closing Date: Entries must be received by 3rd October, 2018.


You can hand-deliver your entry, or post it, to: Shoebox Express, c/o Elbow Lane Dental Care, Elbow Lane, Formby, L37 4AB.


Entrance Classes:    Age 0-7 years, 8-12 years and 13-18 years as of 3rd October, 2018.


The Trustees of Shoebox Express are grateful to Elbow Lane Dental Care for their support and participation.


Full Rules can be seen by pressing the red button to the right.