Thursday, October 10, 2019

2019 marks the 10th anniversary of the inaugural Team Hope annual shoebox appeal and Mayo families, friends, schools, community groups and businesses are being urged to work together to deliver a record-breaking 280,000 gift-filled shoeboxes to children affected by poverty this year.

Gift-filled shoeboxes

Gift-filled shoeboxes stacked up in Culleens NS in Ballina for collection by Team Hope last year.

Launching the 2019 Team Hope Christmas Shoebox Appeal, the Team Hope co-ordinator in Mayo, Marie O’Donovan remarked:

 “2019 is a big year for the Team Hope Christmas Shoebox Appeal. Not only are we celebrating ten years of the Appeal, but we are on the cusp of delivering our 2 millionth shoebox. We cannot do this without the support of you, your family, friends, local schools, businesses and communities. So, I’m encouraging everyone to rally around as many people as they can and to inspire them to play their part in helping us smash our target. That way as many children as possible will experience the joy and excitement of receiving a gift this Christmas. Every shoebox counts!” 

Getting involved with Team Hope’s Christmas Shoebox Appeal is simple. All you have to do is find an empty shoebox, wrap it in Christmas paper and fill it with gifts for a boy or girl aged between 2 and 14, attach €4 and bring it to a local drop off point before Friday, November 8th

When considering items that are best to gift, think of the 4W’s: Write (stationery-related items); Wash (toiletry-related items); Wear (clothing) and Wow – sunglasses, games, small Irish gift, a photo of yourself, sweets (must be in date until at least April 2020), make up, a small musical instrument, toys like a doll, a car, cuddly toy, a skipping rope, a yo-yo or finger puppet.

There are a number of shoebox drop-off points in Mayo, including all Dealz (retail partner), Axa, FastFit/FirstStop branches and Toymaster stores.

To find your nearest drop-off point, visit

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