Shaken Baby Syndrome

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Amniotic fluid problems

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Choosing a pre-school

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Newborn reflexes

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Pelvic floor exercises

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Antenatal Classes

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    Tuesday, 21 July 2015 16:28
  • Amniotic fluid problems

    Thursday, 14 May 2015 12:54
  • Choosing a pre-school

    Friday, 10 April 2015 17:50
  • Newborn reflexes

    Tuesday, 03 March 2015 15:49
  • Mastitis

    Tuesday, 03 March 2015 15:41
  • Pelvic floor exercises

    Wednesday, 11 February 2015 17:20
  • Colic

    Wednesday, 11 February 2015 17:11
  • Antenatal Classes

    Monday, 03 June 2013 09:34
  • Strap-in-the-Future

    Thursday, 30 June 2011 13:52

Santa Shoebox Project


The Santa Shoebox Project is an initiative that started in 2006. Since then, the project has grown in leaps and bounds and the number of Santa Shoeboxes has grown from a humble 180 boxes in 2006 to 32000 boxes in 2010, each year exceeding the annual target by 30% - 50%. In 2009, the Santa Shoebox Project reached children in every corner of South Africa and then in 2010 pushed beyond our borders into Namibia and Botswana, with each country supporting its own children.

This year’s target: 70 000 boxes!


Choose a child from our pledge list
The child’s name and age is on the list to assist in making your gift personal. Collect your sticker with the details of
the home and child. The sticker must be placed on the outside of the lid in the top right hand corner.

Find an empty shoebox
We all have shoe boxes around the house or know someone who will kindly give us one. Shoe stores usually have empty boxes to give away. Boxes larger than MEDIUM (running shoes) size might not be accepted.

 Decorate the shoebox
Wrap the shoe box but please wrap the lid separately so that it can be lifted off. Be creative and instead of using conventional wrapping paper, decorate the box with drawings, paint, cut outs and stickers. By doing this, you are creating a unique “keep sake” box while at the same time, minimizing waste from wrapping paper that will only just need to be discarded.

Fill the box with gifts
Please remember that these should be NEW and AGE-APPROPRIATE items.
The following items are required:
  • Toothpaste and tooth brush
  • Bar of soap and wash cloth
  • An outfit of clothing
  • Educational supplies
  • Sweets
  • A toy (remember we are supporting a home for disabled children)

But don't include the following
Please DO NOT include any of the following in your boxes for obvious reasons:
  • FOOD: Chocolate, crisps, tinned food, cakes, perishable food
  • MEDICINE: Medicines or vitamins of any kind
  • WAR RELATED ITEMS: Toy guns, soldiers or knives
  • FRAGILE ITEMS: Glass containers, mirrors
  • LIQUIDS: Of any kind, including blow bubbles, shampoo, bubble bath or aerosols
  • DANGEROUS ITEMS: Such as marbles or sharp objects
  • ELECTRONICS: Cell phones or battery operated toys
  • LASTLY: Anything of a political or racial nature

Some final thoughts
  • Do not wrap any items individually.
  • Close the box by securing the lid with an elastic band, and DO NOT seal the box as boxes are spot checked to ensure it meets all requirements

Gift ideas for your shoebox
All items should be new and age-appropriate.

TOYS - Something to love
Soft toy, tennis ball, finger puppet, yo-yo, building blocks, trucks and cars, doll, dress-up clothes etc.

Felt pens, pens, pencil sharpener, rubber, coloring book, notepad, picture/puzzle book, pencil case, stickers etc.

HYGIENE ITEMS - Something to use
Toothbrush & toothpaste, bar of wrapped soap & wash cloth, hairbrush, comb, hair clips, roll-on deodorant, talcum powder etc.

CLOTHING ITEMS - Something to wear
T-shirt, shorts, dress, pyjamas, etc. (Consider an added extra too like gloves, scarf, sunglasses, cap, hat, bangles, necklaces, clip-on earrings, make-up or hair accessories etc.)

SUGAR AND SPICE - Something to eat
Sweets (Sell-by date to be at least March of the following year – preferably softer sweets – wine gums, sours etc.)

BABY BOX - Something for the youngest
Barrier cream/talcum powder, baby soap, item of clothing, bath towel/baby blanket, soft toy, toy/rattle.

TEENAGE BOX - Something for our teenagers
All of the above plus something cool e.g. cap, sunglasses, toiletries, nail polish, make-up etc.

Drop off
There are drop off points Nationally. Visit the web site: to choose an area closest to you

We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.