The Shoebox4Syria project was setup in 2014 by a group of individuals from London, UK aiming to send shoeboxes full of toys and gifts to the children of Syria in time for Eid Al Fitr.
The idea was simple, find a shoebox, fill it up with toys and gifts and label it with what age group it’s for. Collection points were set up all over Britain in places such as London, Cardiff, Leicester, Liverpool, Oxford, Bolton, Manchester, Birmingham, Leeds and Bristol.
And the response we received was truly amazing! First there were a few…
Then there were some more…
And then a whole lot more..Masha Allah!
Cars were filled up:
And so were vans:
Storage spaces also started to get full:
Some children wrote Eid letters to the children of Syria:
Including this beautiful message by Muhammad Usman from Leicester:
Eid Mubarak! To my little brother enjoy your toys. I hope you have a happy Eid. I pray we meet in Jannah.
Gifts also came in from outside Britain from places such as:
Finally, volunteers were on hand to load over 20,000 shoeboxes onto two large containers ready to be sent to the Turkish-Syria border:
Alhamdulillah this project has helped to make thousands of Syrian children smile every Eid and with the help of Allah we will continue to do so insha-Allah!