Here my kids show you in pictures how to easily make up your box. They do not have to cost the world. The three boxes that we made up probably cost me about £15 in total and then of course you make a £3 donation per box to help with the cost of transporting the box abroad.
The reason they cost so little was that I love to shop around and find a good deal. I also keep wrapped McDonalds toys when the kids get duplicates, I keep the little toys from party bags. I buy bits all year round when they are in the sale, such as the after Xmas sale. Also you have to remember that you may not want a pack of 2 toothbrushes from Tesco for 10p (yes 10p really!) but to a child who has very little that is a treat for them. So I urge you not to be discouraged from doing this on the basis that it will cost alot, it really does not have to. All the items in the boxes we made were new and at £5 a box that is worthwhile.
Also what a fab opportunity to talk to your kids about how fortunate they are and that children abroad may not have the basics like water, enough food or clothing let alone a DSi or bike.
So, take an ordinary shoe box (medium sized) (or as of 2013 you can use an approved OCC Go box and not have to worry about wrapping it!)
Wrap it all up in nice festive kiddie paper.
Pick some toys, boiled sweets, soap and flannel, toothbrush and paste, pens and pencils, gloves, hats etc etc ready to fill your boxes.
Here the kids make their dash to get the things for their boxes. They made one each for a child of the same age and sex as them.
The three boxes all wrapped, don't forget to stick on your sticker to show what age and sex the box is aimed at.
Then include with your box the wallet containing the donation or better still donate your £3 per box online and just write the reference number on the wallet. We also include a Christmas card for the child with an encouraging message for them.
We hope you enjoy making your box!