Shoe boxes and charity

Is it bad that the only reason why I’ve heard of some charities is because they mention the word ‘shoes’? For instance, Camp Quality is a charity that helps children with cancer in Australia and New Zealand. The only reason I know about this charity is because their fund raising day is called Odd Shoe Day. On this day, people are encouraged to wear odd or mismatched shoes and make a donation to that charity.

Recently, I heard about Operation Christmas Child for the first time, and the only reason it got my attention was because of the word ‘shoe box.’ The idea is to fill a shoe box full of gifts for a child. Somehow this concept really appealed to me because I think a shoe box is just the perfect size to store treasures.

Since 1993, this charity has given more than 100 million shoe boxes of gifts to children in 130 countries. In the Australia and New Zealand region this year, the focus will be on children in Samoa.

The first shoe box that I packed using my own shoe box.

The first shoe box that I packed using my own bigger shoe box.

The contents of my first shoe box, which had a Hello Kitty theme.

The contents of my first shoe box, which had a Hello Kitty theme.

I really enjoyed filling my shoe boxes with gifts, and decorating the shoe boxes. For some reason, I found it very fun and appealing. I filled my shoe boxes with gifts that I would have loved to receive if I was a child. My first 2 boxes had a Hello Kitty theme to them.

The second shoebox that I packed also had a Hello Kitty theme.

The second shoe box that I packed also had a Hello Kitty theme.

The contents of my 2nd shoebox, using a (smaller) box provided by the charity.

The contents of my 2nd shoe box, using a (smaller) box provided by the charity.

The first box I filled, I used an old shoe box of mine. The charity also provides pre-printed shoe boxes, and when I used the shoe boxes provided by the charity, I found that their shoe boxes were very small. It was as if when they said ‘shoe box’, they meant a box for children’s shoes, not like my shoe box which fits adult size 10 sneakers. But using their smaller boxes meant that I could pack more boxes.

Shoe box #3 was for an older child and had a purple theme.

My 3rd shoe box was for an older child and had a purple theme, both inside and out.

This Christmas, I hope that somewhere in the South Pacific, maybe in Samoa, my shoe boxes will bring lots of joy and happiness to a few children. At this time of year, I take the opportunity to wish all the readers a Merry Christmas from shihyenshoes. Thank you for all your support and I’ll see you in the new year.

My 4th shoe box was full of Happy Meal toys.

My 4th shoe box was full of Happy Meal toys.

Ronald McDonald socks

Over the past few weeks, four pairs of my socks have decided to spontaneously sprout holes all at the same time. As a result, I am finding myself in serious need of some new socks. So when the opportunity came up to buy socks and support a charity at the same time, I jumped at the chance.

Ronald McDonald House is a charity that helps families of sick children by providing them with a place to stay while the sick child is receiving medical treatment. The first Ronald McDonald House was set up 40 years ago in the USA. This charity has been operating in New Zealand since 1989, and the first Ronald McDonald House in Auckland recently celebrated its 20th birthday on 14 October 2014. There are 350 Ronald McDonald houses worldwide.

Personally, I have mixed feelings about McDonald’s. Sometimes I think that McDonald’s sells toys, not food. On one hand, I feel that McDonald’s contributes to childhood obesity with their food, especially with their Happy Meals. On the other hand, the Ronald McDonald House charities help sick children and their families.

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All proceeds from the sale of Ronald socks in New Zealand go to the Ronald McDonald House charities.

McHappy Day is a fundraising day for the Ronald McDonald House charity. Today is McHappy Day in New Zealand. On this day, $1 from every Happy Meal and Bic Mac sold goes to the Ronald McDonald House charity. You can also buy Ronald socks and all proceeds from the sale of Ronald socks benefit the charity.

The socks are called Ronald socks because they are red-and-white striped like the socks Ronald McDonald wears. The socks come in adult and child sizes. So on McHappy Day this year, I bought a Happy Meal and wore my Ronald socks. I wonder if I would look good in yellow pants? And big red shoes with yellow laces? Then I can really rock the Ronald McDonald clown look 🙂

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Shih Yen wears Ronald socks.