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 put in to the boxes, hence we ask you to seal and wrap the box .This is a purely humanitarian appeal.
3. Who receives the boxes?
Normally children in need in schools, hospitals, orphanages, prisons, after school centre, street children and to needy families in their homes etc
4. Who decides where the boxes go?
The social services of each country decides on which area of the country the boxes will be distributed in.
5. 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.
6. Who distributes the Gift Boxes?
A charitable organisation the Mission chrétienne pour les pays de l'Est (MCE); their staff distributes the boxes as instructed by the social services.
7. What size does the box need to be?
As a guide we normally use 6 bottle wine cartons or any strong box of a similar size that will take A4 paper, computer paper boxes also work well.
8. Do all items need to be in a box?
Yes all items are necessary for school, hygiene and pleasure.
9. Does the box need to be wrapped?
Yes it's a gift and wrapping is important, boxes need to be sealed so unable to be opened in transit.
10. The printed customs list, is it 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
11. 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 has a bag for school. 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.
12. 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 child 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 as an optional extra.
13. 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.
14. 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, all costs are covered by donations to the mission.
15. When do the boxes need to be ready and dropped off?
I would propose no later than the 19th Nov, truck arrives 20th Nov.
16. 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 us on for more information.
17. When can I drop off my box?
The boxes need to be dropped off between the 10th November and 18h November, as the truck starts collecting the boxes on 20th Nov.
18. Are there any brochures that I can print out to take to school or work?
We have a flyer which will be on the web. you will also find on the web site you information needed to make a box which can be down loaded. from giftboxproject.ch
There is also a face book page “Gift Box Supporters Geneva Area” with information as well.
19. 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. Contact me on
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”. in French and English
20. Can I make donations?
We love and prefer completed 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”. Contact us on .
21. The Aim?
This appeal is aimed at helping children learn about giving to others not as fortune as they are. The timing links well with the UN ” Rights of the child” day on 20th November 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, a gift box from you would be a wonderful help in making many more children happy.
I hope all the above information has been of help to you and I very much hope you will take part.
"One more box is one more smiling face".
Any questions not covered here please email me.