Romanian Shoebox Appeal

Family receiving a shoebox


Romanian Shoebox Appeal


In 2009 we did our first small Shoebox collection and took them to Romania to our partner church and gave them out to the poor Gypsy communities. Thanks to the generosity of churches and schools, in the eight years we collected over 16,000 shoeboxes from around the UK and delivered them to families living in poverty in Romania.

To most of us a shoebox does not seem very important – the contents are nice but usually we do not see these as spectacular. Yet to the people who receive these they are precious beyond our comprehension – particularly because they show them that someone has thought of them.

Family Shoeboxes
Our shoeboxes are not just for children. At the request of our partner church in Romania we also encourage supporters to put items in the shoebox which will be gifts for parents and grandparents. This often opens doors to follow up visits by church members.

Shoeboxes in the local community.
Two of AMEN’s supporters, Malcolm and Anne McCulloch, have recently shared about their work with shoeboxes on a local radio station. For the last 7 years Malcolm and Anne have been involved with collecting around 2,000 shoeboxes for AMEN in their local area of Stratford-upon-Avon. Have a listen to their interview which covers why they got involved in this work, how their local community has supported them and their experiences of being part of the AMEN team that visits Romania each December to help our local partners distribute shoeboxes. Watch the video

Shoebox Delivery Report 2020

Shoebox Photos 2020

Shoebox Appeal 2021

The 2021 Shoebox appeal is now closed.  This page will be updated for the 2022 appeal later in the year.

2021 Shoebox Visit Report

If you or your school or church or other organisation wish to get involved then you need to contact us to register an interest and we will then send you a pack of printed shoebox leaflets, an organiser’s information sheet, and a shoebox DVD. We regret that we will be unable to collect individual shoeboxes and you do need to be part of a group. Please contact for more information or to register your interest.

Download our 2021 Shoebox leaflet  one of which needs to be attached to each shoebox. Please note that we send you a set of printed leaflets when your group enrols in the scheme.

Download our 2021 Shoebox Poster

2021 Shoebox promotional video

If you would like to be part of the team which distributes the shoeboxes in December, please contact