Student Association launch shoebox appeal

Student Association launch shoebox appeal

The Sustainable Futures team at the Student’s Association welcome festive donations of shoe boxes filled with gifts, on behalf of Aberdeen Cyrenians.

Aberdeen Cyrenians is a charity, established in 1968, which aims to meet all the varying needs of people affected by homelessness in Aberdeen and the surrounding area. Their services focus on the prevention and alleviation of homelessness, and the rehabilitation and resettlement of service users. Since last winter, the charity has seen almost triple the number of individuals accessing their services, particularly their Drop-in service, requiring food parcels and the facilities of their Street Alternatives Project. Aberdeen Cyrenian’s Christmas and Beyond Appeal is vital to the continued provision of these services, as well as funding the special extras we offer over the festive period.

If you would like to participate, simply fill up a shoebox with small gifts and presents that would suit female or male service users of aged over 16, and drop your box off at the Sustainable Futures Office in the Butchart centre. Ideal items include hats, scarves, gloves, socks, underwear, toiletries, sewing kit, first aid kit, perfume/sprays, chocolates, lip balm, hand wipes, hand warmers, tissues, diaries, or small presents. You can cover your shoebox in festive wrapping but please leave boxes unsealed so that they can be checked before being given to service users.

Although Aberdeen Cyrenians do not collect shoeboxes for children, donations of toys are welcome as they can be passed on to service users with children. Smaller donations of waterproof bivvy bags, hand warmers, mini first aid kits and torches (preferably wind-up) are also welcome.

The last day that the Sustainable Futures team will be able to accept donations is Tuesday 16th December.

To find out more about Sustainable Futures, check out our web pages at

To find out more about Aberdeen Cyrenians’ Christmas appeal, go to