Monday, 17 November 2014

It's that time of year again....Give and Makeup Shoebox Appeal

As with the last 4 years, we are running a Christmas Shoebox Campaign for the children and young people living in domestic violence shelters across London. They are sadly busier than ever and this year need your support even more than in previous years.

They can have anything - pyjamas, clothing, slippers, books, crayons, colouring books, suitable dvd's (they will be checked anyway), toys, sweets, chocolate, magazines - pretty much anything that you know a child/young person will appreciate.

As always please ensure the following:

  • gifts are suitable for ages between newborn and 15
  • no toy weapons
  • no borderline 'sexy' items of underwear (it has happened in the past)
  • no items of a religious nature
  • new or nearly new please 
  • boxes can be packed according to one child/gender or a mixture across all ages

Please send your donations to:

Give and Makeup c/o
Pardip Barmi
PO BOX 855
W4 4AW

Thank you so much for your continued support. You are changing people's lives.

For all information on Give and Makeup please see here:


  1. Definitely donating! Thanks for advertising this Caroline, such few bloggers would!

  2. Hi Caroline! Is there a way for international readers (ie, this one from NJ) to donate, perhaps financially? I would love to contribute in a way that doesn't rely on the murky means of international postage.


    How could I not.....if it weren't for the kindness of friends and family I would be at a shelter instead of in a place with walls and a roof. They saved me when I had nothing. I am lucky in that in only took me a few months to get the courage to stand up and talk...sadly I had to endure years before I get the courage to say anything but my mouth is open now. I can only hope the small amount of people who read my blog will give as much as I wish I could give. I hope something like this exists in California...if not...I might start it in your honour?