Empty shoeboxes were the intriguing theme that filled the evening, when Carmen Decalf from Femme contemporaine (LFC) visited the club on 8 October, to talk about their flagship project for children in need.
Cutting and gluing
Every year the LFC collects and festively decorates empty shoeboxes, donated by individuals or shoe shops who are more than happy to get rid of their waste cardboard. It takes about 15 minutes to decorate each one by hand - as well as nimble fingers to neatly cut, glue and wrap the festive paper. Once the boxes have had their make-over, they are filled by the LFC members with age-appropriate presents. The LFC also organise their distribution via the different children’s charities, organisations and social services.
So what type of presents can a child expect to receive? The age range is approximately from three to 12. The presents are all brand new and the boxes contain at least one item from the following four categories: toys, educational, hygiene and clothing. Shockingly in a rich country, some children are so poor in Luxembourg they do not even have their own tooth brush or soap...
However, following the visit by a representative of the LFC, the club members learnt that the biggest need was time. The time and effort needed to decorate 250 boxes by the LFC. so the Erasmus club members decided that they could best help by decorating the boxes.
After a training demonstration by Catherine Jamblinne from the LFC, the members set up their brisk assembly line, cutting and gluing as fast as possible. We managed to decorate 53 boxes - a good first effort!
Having passed their apprenticeship as shoebox decorators, the members are looking forward to beating their record next year.
Donation to fill the shoeboxes
The Lions Club Erasmus also donated 1,000 € for Christmas 2014 to help to buy the contents for the boxes produced.