Frequently Asked Questions
This list of frequently asked questions and answers, I hope will be of help to you.
1. Which countries do the boxes go to?
Normally Moldova, Belarus and Ukraine from this area
2 . Do we put religious information in the boxes?
No religious info is not put in to the boxes, hence we ask you to seal and wrap the box This is a purely humanitarian appeal and the organization is directed by the social services of each country where to distribute the boxes. Normally to schools ,hospitals , orphanages, prisons , after school centre , street children and to needy families in their homes etc
3. Who decides on the box content?
After a meeting between the Mission who distribute the boxes and representatives of the different counties it was decided what was necessary to help the children in school and at home, but also bring them pleasure.
4. Do all items need to be in a box and what size, does the box needs to be wrapped?
Yes, as a guide I normally use 6 bottle wine cartons or any box of a similar size that will take A4 paper, computer paper boxes also work well. Boxes must be sealed, wrapped and the customs label attached, if possible also attach a shopping bag to help the children carry the box home. (reusable supermarket ones work well)
5. If we prefer to fill a school bag instead of a box, is this possible and do we still have to wrap the bag?
Even better the children then have a school bag. Please wrap cling film round the bag this keeps the straps tight to the bag stopping them getting tangled in transport, do attach the customs label.
6. The printed customs list, we put on the outside of the box or bag?
Yes scotch tape the customs list to the box or bag so it can be seen by the customs.
7. Lead pencils are just pencils right?
Yes standard HB pencils for writing
8. Exercise books are general school writing books and need to have 50 pages, drawing paper?
Exercise books can be squared or lined, we normally use squared with 50 pages the books need to last the children a long time as very expensive to replace. I add a few sheets of computer paper always useful from making paper planes to drawing on, add as many sheets as you like, an optional extra.
9. What age are the children’s hats, caps, gloves, and socks usually for?
Normally 6-13 age group but the stretch fit any size gloves and socks work best, most hats stretch. It’s impossible to cover all the age range so I go mostly for the mid age range of primary school.
10. Do we have to pay for the transport cost to Eastern Europe?
No because I run this appeal in schools there are no transport costs to me, all costs are covered by donations to the mission.
11. When do the boxes need to be ready and dropped off?
I would propose no later than the 20th Nov,. truck arrives 22nd Nov.
12. Where are there collection points?
I am trying to arrange the many schools taking part to accept your boxes, there will be drop off points on the site nearer the time . You can email me on firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
13. When can I drop off my box?
The boxes need to be dropped off between the 14th November and 20th November, as the truck starts collecting the boxes on 22nd Nov.
14. Are there any brochures that I can print out to take to school or work?
On the web site you will find all the information needed to make a box which can be down loaded. http://giftboxprojectgeneva.webs.com
There is also a face book page “Gift Box Supporters Geneva Area” with information as well.
15. Are there any posters or flyers I can print and put on the walls at school etc?
I don’t have any large posters, I can send you in separate emails some basic ones I have made to show conditions the children live in etc these you can I use everywhere .
The web site is full of information about the boxes, there are numerous stories and photos about the distribution,the families and children on the site under “More”..
16. Can I make donations?
We love and prefer competed boxes. Yes you can donate money or items from the customs list to help us to make extra boxes. Please see the “Donations” page under “More”.
I hope all the above information has been of help to you and I very much hope you will take part, this appeal can help small children learn about giving to others. It’s timing links well with the ” Rights of the child” day on 20th Nov. a number of schools use the appeal to show poverty is not so far away and help students to understand how others live.
Thank you so much for thinking about the appeal, your gift boxes would be a wonderful help in making many more children happy .
Any more questions not covered here please email me.