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Much earlier in 2019, tis the Christmas Stocking project!

Help Father Frost! The Christmas Stocking Project 2019

Having to go much earlier this year so that stockings can be taken over to Belarus when the children return home after their visit in the summer. They will still be given to the children around the time of the orthodox Christmas.

So last posting is Friday 31st May 2019.

Even if you took part last year, please do read the instructions, they are absolutely vital to making this work. We are grateful to you, this is a wonderful project. Thank you.

Elizabeth Parker (Mid Suffolk Chernobyl Children’s Life line link)and her team personally take filled stockings to Belarus, to very sick children in hospitals and also to the homes of very disadvantaged children. Their aim is to give the children a real Christmas present and those they give to have most likely never received a Christmas present before.  It is very important to note this is absolutely not one of those shoe box appeals, so these stockings do not include functional toothpaste/brush type items, and there are no strings attached. It is just a wonderful thing to be able to do for some of the most disavanted and sick children.

Would you like to help us?!!

We are looking for home made ( knit, crochet or sewn) stockings, OR shop bought stockings, we found some  on Ebay and Amazon but PLEASE as close to the size below as possible.  These can be sent full, all guidance below, or empty for them to fill. We need both. You can also just contribute little gifts/sweets if you prefer.

Here’s how to help…

  1. Whether it is home made or shop bought, stockings need to be as close to 18cm by 40cm  (approx 7” x 16) which seems to be average standard size of shop bought ones.
  2. Empty stockings are very useful, but if you would like to fill one please read on…
  3. The stockings can contain anything that would be considered a Christmas present but for this project, no utility items such as toothbrushes and toothpaste
  4. A list of suggested items is below but these are by no means the only items to be included, feel free to add anything you want!
  5. The gifts inside the stockings should not be wrapped in Christmas paper as this makes it easier if they are stopped at customs.
  6. They aim to take stockings for children from birth to 16 years . Most people want to give to young children so some for older teenagers would be appreciated, but whichever age range you go for they are very grateful.  Aim for one of these… 0-2, 2-4, 4-6, 6-8. 8-10, 10-12, 12-14, 14-16, and decide boy or girl.
  7. VERY IMPORTANT – Completed stockings should weigh no more than 650 grams please and need to be able to lie as flat as possible for travelling purposes.
  8. Just decide your age group and make sure it all fits in the weight.
  9. Reiterating the 650g weight limit!
  10. Please send any filled stockings to us wrapped in a carrier bag with a list of the contents jotted down on a bit of paper and the weight in grammes

What to put in to a stocking…The items listed are only some suggestions, please feel free to add your own items

  1. Liquids may not be sent neither should toy guns, knives or other weapons etc be sent to boys as some parents might object to these.
  2. A small soft toy
  3. Small ornaments (all children love dogs and cats)
  4. A “Barbie” or Action Man type Doll
  5. temporary tattoos
  6. lip balm
  7. flavoured chapsticks
  8. Magic Gloves
  9. Hair slides, bobble, elastics etc for girls, colourful, sparkly items are really liked.
  10. Girls love all things pink and “blingy” !
  11. Wrist bands for boys
  12. Fridge Magnets are a big favourite
  13. Small logic puzzles, i.e. the ones we use to get where you had to roll a few small balls around and get
    them in the right place.
  14. Spinner toys
  15. Bracelets and necklaces for girls
  16. Balsa wood models
  17. Polystyrene plane kits
  18. Small cars or other models
  19. Small windup toys
  20. Marbles – quite heavy but a few would be ok and the children really love them
  21. Stickers – all the children seem to collect these
  22. Yo yo
  23. Harmonica
  24. Funny socks and slipper socks are liked very much, particularly if they are “Character “ones.
  25. Warm tights for girls – they like bright colors
  26. Small notebook – pretty ones for girls
  27. Pens, pencils – biros should be blue not black please
  28. colouring pencils
  29. Small coin purses
  30. Pretty notebooks
  31. Pencil case
  32. Any toys with LED lights – particularly the stretchy/squishy ones
  33. Small packets of sweets
  34. Folding shopping bags (older girls)
  35. Keyrings
  36. Slipper socks

We will have quite a bit of admin this end, so please send any filled stockings to us wrapped in a carrier bag with a list of the contents jotted down on a bit of paper and the weight in grammes We need to fill in a spreadsheet which helps with customs and this will mean we wont have to empty each one!