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How you can get involved

There are many ways in which you can get involved and support us.  Please click on the links below to find out more.


Empower your pupils to bring the joy of festive giving to those less fortunate


Join us to help bring a smile to a child’s face


Spread the festive spirit in your organisation by supporting our community

How To Make A Box Of Hope

Making a box is easy!  By following a few simple steps, you are well on your way to bringing a smile to a child’s face.

1 Find an empty shoe box, or a reusable bag
2 Decorate your box or bag
3 Add in your gifts – click here for our shopping list!
4Complete a Box of Hope sticker and attach it
5Drop off the box at one of the collection points
Important notes: 

Please do not wrap items individually, but be sure to  secure your box with an elastic band!  Thank you.

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1. Find an empty shoe box, or reusable bag

To fit all the items inside and keep everything safe, you need to have a box roughly this size 30cm x 22cm x 13cm.  If you can’t find a box at home, ask at your local sports shop.

Alternatively, find a reusable shopping bag, or drawstring backpack. 

Please don’t use oversized boxes or very small boxes, we like to treat all children equally.

2. Decorate your box or bag

Please wrap your box and its lid separately, and find an elastic band that will secure the box. Please don’t seal the box.

Be as creative as you like with your box/bag decoration.  We love seeing what you can come up with!

3. Add in your gifts

Every box needs to have at least:

  1. a toothbrush
  2. toothpaste
  3. a bar of soap
  4. a notebook
  5. (colour) pencils
  6. a game and
  7. something to love.

Notebooks, colour books, (colour) pencils and games are the most wanted gifts (survey 2021).  Look at our photos for some inspiration. Try to add products in your box that reflect the age group you are making it for, and feel free to add in extra items if you still have some space!

4. Complete and Attach the Box of Hope Sticker

Don’t forget to use our sticker and include your name and a message for the child who will receive the box.  We have been told that the children who receive the boxes love to read these messages.  Attach the sticker to the top of the box or around a bag strap.

5. Drop off the box to your school/workplace or our drop off locations

Check with your school or organisation on the deadline/venue for box collection. Or click here to find out about our box collection points throughout Hong Kong during November 2022.

What to pack

The best part of making a box is deciding what to put in it. We’ve provided you with a few hints and tips to help you along.


Something to love: Cuddly bear, soft toy, tennis ball, finger puppet, jigsaw, yo-yo, small musical instrument, torch (incl batteries), playing cards, small trucks and cars, doll, jewellery, make-up, hair accessories.


Something to do: Books (simple English), Felt pens, pens, pencils, pencil sharpener, eraser, colouring book, notepad, picture/puzzle book, chalk, pencil case, stickers, calculator, etc.

hygiene items

Something to use: Toothbrush & toothpaste, hairbrush, comb, hair clips, bar of wrapped soap, wash cloth, sponge.

other items

Sunglasses, cap, sun hat, bangles, necklaces, watch, scarves etc.

What Not To Pack

Our boxes travel within Hong Kong and to other countries in South East Asia, therefore must comply with customs regulations. We kindly ask that you do not include the following items, and help us to reduce our waste on items we cannot accept. If you are unsure, then please click see above on what you can put in your box.

No Food Or Medicine

No Food Or Medicine

conflict Related Items

Toy guns/soldiers/knives


Other than what's listed above

Fragile Items

Glass containers/mirrors 


Of any kind including blow bubbles/shampoo/bubble bath/toiletry sets/aerosols

Dangerous Items

Marbles/sharp objects/scissors/razors.

Make an impact

Your support is powerful


Empower your pupils to bring the joy of festive gifting to those less fortunate


Join us to help bring a smile to a child’s face


Spread the festive spirit in your organisation by supporting your local community


We are extremely grateful to our sponsors who provide us with the means and support to run Box of Hope, year after year.