Christmas Shoebox Appeal 2021

We are organising our extremely successful Christmas Shoebox Appeal to the Learning Complex in Ternopil, Ukraine!

Where your gift will go


In 2020, we were introduced to the children of the Novosilsk Regional Special Educational Complex by our very own shkola teacher, Lidiia. The school is called Новосільський обласний спеціальний навчально-виховний комплекс in Ukrainian and is also a boarding school in a rural location.

The children that attend this learning complex have learning difficulties and are from either very poor homes or from homes where their parents are unable to look after them due to their own personal issues.

Our 2020 appeal was our very first one and the children had never received a shoebox gift before. They were very excited. It showed them that there are people in the world who care.

Official Details:

Facebook Page:

Here are some photos from our 2020 shoebox appeal.

What to put in your Shoebox


You can donate a shoebox of gifts for a child.

Please do not donate second hand, old, damaged, religious, or war related gifts.

Special notes:

  • You can include a photo and/or a shorter letter about yourself (in English or Ukrainian).

  • Clearly mark the shoebox on the outside with the gender and age group of the intended child.

  • You can wrap your shoebox in Christmas wrapping paper if you like, but we must be able to open it and check the contents for customs regulations.

Below is a list of suggested gifts for a shoebox for each child group:

Dropping off your shoeboxes


You can drop-off your shoebox at Huddersfield Ukrainian Club. For a COVID safe drop-off, simply drive up to the main entrance and leave your shoebox in the lobby.

Our address is 7 Edgerton Rd, Edgerton, HD1 5RA.

The club will be open every Friday evening from 7pm until late and every Sunday afternoon from 2pm until 6pm.

* These times are subject to change

Donating Money


If you prefer to make a monetary donation, we have a JustGiving page.

A shoebox will cost between £15-£20 to create, but please donate whatever you can afford:

Please visit our JustGiving page:

Thank you for anything you can donate!


We hope that you will be able to donate and help us give these children a special gift for Christmas and feel loved.

We are aiming to delivery the shoeboxes in time for 19th December - Sviatyij Mykolai traditionally delivers gifts the night before.

When the gifts are delivered, we will post some photos on our web site, so stayed tuned.

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