Santa Shoebox Project 2018: DO IT

One of the most rewarding things you can do.

If you are always wondering how you can make a difference, the Santa Shoebox Project offers the perfect opportunity to truly do that.
It’s pretty simple – pledge to donate a Santa Shoebox and choose your child (yes, your shoebox goes to the very child you choose).
Then get cracking filling it with very specific things.

• An outfit of clothing
• Stationary
• Toiletries
• Toys
• Sweets
• Something educational

Then you decorate your shoebox, print out your pledge sticker and stick it on the box, pop an elastic band around it and drop it off on one of the drop-off days. It’s really that simple.

The joy is in choosing the little outfit, toys and other goodies for your shoebox, carefully fitting it all in and making sure everything is there. Drop-off days are awesome too, because you get to see how people from all walks of life come together to make a difference in the lives of less privileged children from across South Africa. You cannot believe the vastness of the operation and the sheer number of people and logistics involved in making this once-a-year event happen.

For the kids of course, the day they are waiting for is the day the SSB vehicle arrives at their school with all their special shoeboxes. I was very lucky to attend one of the events where the shoeboxes were delivered to the children and let me tell you, it is nothing short of incredible how much joy these occasions and shoeboxes bring to these kids. They make a morning of it – with the whole school gathering to welcome the SSB team, each class’s boxes brought into the classrooms and each kid’s name called out as they come up to collect their special and unique shoebox. You have no idea how happy a young boy can be to see a tennis ball in his box; how delighted the young girls are to see a brand new dress! Even the toothbrushes and deodorant cans bring great excitement.

(All images belong to SSB)

Please go to the Santa Shoebox Project website and pledge your shoebox today. I can promise that if you do it once, not another year will go by without you putting together at least one amazing shoebox for one deserving child.

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I wanted to say a quick word about Karma because I was reminded again recently of just how powerful it is.

I was freelancing at an agency in Somerset Road for two days. Running late on day one and struggling to find parking, I decided to bite the bullet and park in the Cape Quarter 2 parking. By the time I got back to my car later that day, I owed 60 South African Rond.

I handed R100 over and the sweetest lady behind the counter gave me my change. But as I drove out I realised she had given me 60 back instead of 40.

It didn’t feel right to keep driving, so I missioned like crazy in rush hour to turn around and I went back and gave her R20 back. She was very grateful and surprised and it felt nice.

The very next day I was again looking for parking in Somerset Road and surrounds and decided to go and park at CQ2 again because paying R60 was less taxing on the nerves than driving up and down the one way streets for 45 minutes. Different lady this time.

When I came back to my car hours later, expecting to pay R60 again, what do you know? There’s a manager-type guy standing at the open boom, and he smiles and tells me it’s my lucky day because they have to do something to the card machine quickly and I can just go.

Rewarded karmically, the very next day, at the exact same place!

Would the Universe have conspired to let that happen had I driven off in glee clutching my scored R20 the day before??


We all know the expressions “you reap what you sow” and “what goes around comes around”….

I like this one though:

Karma is the eternal assertion of human freedom. Our THOUGHTS, WORDS and DEEDS are the threads of the net which we throw around ourselves.” Swami Vivekananda

Isn’t that beautiful?

All these expressions boil down to the same thing: Spread love and joy and happiness around and it will come back to you.

Every time you make a choice about something, simply let your heart guide you and make the BEST choice in the moment: the choice which will be of the greatest benefit to you and those around you. And I truly believe there is always ONE choice which is the BEST for all.

Keep an eye out for the way you make your choices and the karma that you attract to yourself. That net that you have made - what does it look like? Those seeds that you are sowing on a daily basis - are they going to grow into love and light and happiness?

We also sometimes say “Karma is a bitch” and yes, she certainly is, if you are.

But if you are honest and kind and your words, thoughts and deeds are based in love, then Karma can be the sweetest lover, the best friend, the most comforting mother…

Be nice. And nice things will happen to you.


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I am a freelance copywriter and Reiki practitioner by day, dreamer and scribbler by night. I love dogs, sunshine, swimming pools, beaches, braais, good beer, dancing, delicious fresh food, gardening, books, movies, cooking, outdoor festivals, live music, cats, hiking, Cape Town, public speaking, psychology, animals, photography and lekker, conscious people. I try to always maintain a sense of humour, have a good attitude, and be nice to myself and others.

I am an ILS-qualified Life Coach and can’t wait to bring my life changing workshops to Cape Town and the interwebs early in 2019.