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    • graceandowen
    • By graceandowen 9th Oct 09, 9:47 PM
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    Looking for Soap, toothpaste, Crayons and paper freebies for charity
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    • 9th Oct 09, 9:47 PM
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    Looking for Soap, toothpaste, Crayons and paper freebies for charity 9th Oct 09 at 9:47 PM
    Hi all,
    Am not a regular poster on freebies but was wondering if any1 could point me in the direction of any freebies listed above, its for operation christmas child gift scheme that the samaritans are running in our local area.
    Its to send an xmas gift in a shoe box to a child in a 3rd world country.
    So am looking for some freebies to add to a few boxes if possible
    Thanks for looking

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  • Dorato
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    • 9th Oct 09, 10:22 PM
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    • 9th Oct 09, 10:22 PM
    Not sure if any of these will really be useful because they're not exactly what you asked for but they are freebies for kids and there might be something there:

    http://www.freebietown.co.uk/ukfreebieskids.html
    http://www.freeukstuff.com/free-kids.html
    http://www.all4freeuk.co.uk/kids%20freebies.htm
  • amilie
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    • 10th Oct 09, 8:38 AM
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    • 10th Oct 09, 8:38 AM
    it may be worth asking local businesses to donate a few things - perhaps you have an independent stationers, chemists, or kiddie's store nearby? might even be worth asking in the chain shops (smiths, ryman, early learning centre etc)... i'm not sure but i think some do have the ability to help local charitable causes to a certain level. body shop and lush might be worth trying for soap; they are often willing to give samples at least.
    best of luck!
    • gemfergie
    • By gemfergie 10th Oct 09, 3:37 PM
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    • 10th Oct 09, 3:37 PM
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    • 10th Oct 09, 3:37 PM
    hiya i remember doing this whilst at school. do you have any info on how i could send some boxes myself please?
  • amilie
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    • 10th Oct 09, 4:05 PM
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    • 10th Oct 09, 4:05 PM
    gemfergie, all the details are on the operation christmas child site -

    http://www.operationchristmaschild.org.uk/pages/home

    you can put in your postcode to find your nearest drop off point.

    there are also free promotional materials available (menu on the left)
  • kimmy112
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    • 10th Oct 09, 5:14 PM
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    • 10th Oct 09, 5:14 PM
    http://www.time4toys.com/more_info.asp?current_id=64 - try this they send you a free toy
    MAY FREEBIESFree Jar of Sharwoods Sauce.£10 Argos gift card. Picture Hanging Strips. Fairy WUL. Live Mealworms. Hipp Preggy bits. Perfume. Lipton Tea x3. Pack of snack a jacks. Genome fridge magnets. Fuel Rights Book.
    • gemfergie
    • By gemfergie 10th Oct 09, 6:14 PM
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    • 10th Oct 09, 6:14 PM
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    • 10th Oct 09, 6:14 PM
    gemfergie, all the details are on the operation christmas child site -

    http://www.operationchristmaschild.org.uk/pages/home

    you can put in your postcode to find your nearest drop off point.

    there are also free promotional materials available (menu on the left)
    Originally posted by amilie
    thats brilliant thanks alot xx
    • thevicster
    • By thevicster 10th Oct 09, 7:02 PM
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    • 10th Oct 09, 7:02 PM
    If you travel on First Great Wetern much you may be able to pick up a couple of their kids travel packs which have colouring pencils and things in them. hth
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    • Lugh_Chronain
    • By Lugh_Chronain 10th Oct 09, 7:37 PM
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    • 10th Oct 09, 7:37 PM
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    • 10th Oct 09, 7:37 PM
    Children love colouring in things so why not print a few colouring templates out and send them along with your box of goodies.

    http://www.goldenbeartoys.com/print_and_colour.aspx?AspxAutoDetectCookieSupport= 1
  • Ianna
    You can join the 2009 shoebox appeal thread here. I do boxes for families through link romania because I've got serious concerns about Operation Christmas Child (see here)

    ETA there's a good shoebox filler in ]this thread[/B]
    Last edited by Ianna; 11-10-2009 at 5:07 PM.
    • gemmacarolyn
    • By gemmacarolyn 11th Oct 09, 11:55 PM
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    Hi all,
    Am not a regular poster on freebies but was wondering if any1 could point me in the direction of any freebies listed above, its for operation christmas child gift scheme that the samaritans are running in our local area.
    Its to send an xmas gift in a shoe box to a child in a 3rd world country.
    So am looking for some freebies to add to a few boxes if possible
    Thanks for looking
    Originally posted by graceandowen


    I make & collect shoe boxes for Smile International (For children in Eastern Europe, and Africa) and have found the Pound Shop to be great! You can get a glove, hat and scarf set for £1 (Obviously) which are fantastic to include. Also, our local Asda helpfully gave us 14 pairs of socks and pants today for £1, which had come out of packaging. It's always good to ask around in supermarkets and independant shops-most people are very helpful!
    2016 wins: Robinsons glass, LFW tickets, Walkers TShirtx2, nuts, personalised dog tag, Dog Soldiers book

    2015 wins: Pantene shampoo & conditioner, PG Tips monkey & tea, 4 day stay at holiday resort, bouquet from Bunches, seeds, Product of the Year package, £50 Bravissimo voucher Thanks to all who kindly share competitions!
    • graceandowen
    • By graceandowen 26th Oct 09, 10:37 PM
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    just wanted to say thanks for all the great suggestions and also for the reccomendations for the other charities also as I have found a local collector in my immediate area for the link romania appeal so will fill up another box for this too as they are all such worthwhile causes. And now I know of the appeals will be looking out for bargains throughout the year for next years appeals
    thanks so much xx

    • ChelseaGirl
    • By ChelseaGirl 27th Oct 09, 7:20 AM
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    Each child at my children's school fills a shoe box every year. It's known as 'Love In A Box' and is run by Mustard Seed Relief Missions.
    The children are encouraged to enclose soap, crayons, a toothbrush, toothpaste, chocolate or soft sweets, a note book etc and put it in a shoes box covered in Christmas paper.

    Here's a link:

    www.msrm.org.uk
  • formaldehyde_perfume
    link romania seems to be closed

    I have reservations about operation christmas child but I can't find another nation wide scheme that I can give these to.
  • spud13
    link romania seems to be closed

    I have reservations about operation christmas child but I can't find another nation wide scheme that I can give these to.
    Originally posted by formaldehyde_perfume
    Hi, I do boxes for Feed the Children. I'm still too new to put the link, but they are a .co.uk address. The shoebox page can be found on the index on the left under 'Resources'.

    And I'd agree, £1 shops are the best places to stock up - they're brilliant for things like multi-packs of pens and notebooks.
    • killiegirl
    • By killiegirl 27th Oct 09, 1:39 PM
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    Anyone doing Operation Christmas Child should take a look at some of the things people said on these threads;

    http://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/showthread.html?t=1055149&highlight=shoebox

    http://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/showthread.html?t=1970633&highlight=operation+chri stmas+child

    There are a few very worrying things there. I used to do shoeboxes for them but stopped after reading things like this a few years back.

    Are there any totally non-religious charities who do something similar?
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  • freelancemermaid
    there's a website which specialises in linking charities with organisations who have stuff to give away.

    i'm so sorry i can't remember its name, maybe something like inkindgiving. anyway, try googling it.
    Boyfriend & I have saved £12K in two years, thanks to careful budgeting and keeping a record of what we spend. I've never paid myself this amount of money before - it feels great!
  • ChopperChick
    link romania seems to be closed

    I have reservations about operation christmas child but I can't find another nation wide scheme that I can give these to.
    Originally posted by formaldehyde_perfume
    Think Link Romania is still open for shoebox donations until next Friday 6th (but maybe I have misunderstood their site?) as long as you take them along to a collection point - looks like there are loads of collection points available.
  • hayleym09
    toothpaste freebies.....
    Hi there,

    my mum works for the local sure start scheme, oral health department, maybe you could contact your local one for some free toothpaste and toothbrushes? they give thousands away so i dont think they will miss a handful.
    Also, I used to work for colgate and i know that they gave donations of toothpaste away all the time so it might be worth asking, their head office is in guildford
    phone number;0-800-321-321-32
    address;Colgate-Palmolive (UK) Limited
    Attention: Consumer Affairs
    Guildford Business Park
    Middleton Road
    Guildford
    Surrey GU2 8JZ

    hth

    hayley xx
  • dawn2dusk
    Just wondering if there is anything for the elderly with dementia in the Kent area. Any thing that can brighten up Christmas, all suggestions welcome. They are all mental health inpatients.
    Any suggestions gratefully recieved. Just trying to do our best on limited resources.

    Thanks,
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