Love From Santa

Love From Santa

18.11.2016. A simple Levis shoebox wrapped and filled with love.

Christmas, my child, is love in action.

Every time we love,

every time we give,

it’s Christmas.

– Dale Evans

Christmas means many different things to many different people. It can be putting the star on the tree, opening presents or eating a lot of really good food. For me, one of the most important parts of this season is to give without any expectations. It should be like that all the time (I’m working on that), but for today this will do.

There are so, so many NPOs out there, each with its own mission and each facing its own battles. Around this time of the year they are really out in full force looking for some type of donation that they can use to put a smile on little faces. The biggest and most popular initiative is, of course, the shoebox initiative where you pledge a shoebox and fill it according to the gender and age of the child. Unfortunately, every year I miss out on it because the pledges are (understandably) done months before Christmas, and this year was the same.

However, I was determined to fill a shoebox this year.

I went onto Circle of Love‘s Facebook page and saw that their “ibhokisi yothanda”s (“a box of love”) had to be in that Friday, meaning that I was way too late. I decided to pop them a little message in any case, just to make myself available for any emergency boxes that needed to be filled. Within minutes I got my very first, very own pledge: five-year-old Hayley. Immediately I was emailed a list of items that needed to be included.

The items that needed to be included are:

  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Facecloth
  • Soap
  • Deodorant/Roll On
  • Tissues
  • Activity
  • Something to own
  • Clothing
Love From Santa

The toiletry bit of the shoebox, featuring a Barbie Colgate toothbrush and toothpaste, LUX Scarlet Blossom, Oh So Heavenly Berry Bubbly Body Spritzer, and Clicks pocket tissues and facecloth.

Love From Santa

Two adorable outfits that are perfect for summer! Featuring a mint t-shirt, a white vest, white printed shorts, and pink and white striped leggings. Both of the outfits were bought from Pick n Pay Clothing.

Love From Santa

I had a hard time deciding what to buy little Hayley for the activity bit of the shoebox. Eventually, I decided on two educational activity books, oil pastels and a skipping rope. I bought all of these from China Town Sable Square, and I was pleasantly surprised!

Love From Santa

The activity books from China Town really impressed me. The Alice in Wonderland book even includes some beautiful stickers.

I had so much fun shopping for Hayley’s Christmas presents, and thank you to my wonderful boyfriend who accompanied me (shopping with me must be hell).

Have you done your part this Holiday season?

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