Spearheaded by the founder of Kidz2Kidz, Dee Boehner, the Santa Shoebox Project originated in Cape Town in 2006, with national coordinator Irene’ Pieters joining in 2007.
The Kidz2Kidz Trust (IT2671/2009) is a registered Public Benefit (PBO-930031301) and Non Profit Organisation (NPO 102-098) with Level Four B-BBEE Contributor and Section 18A status.
Since then, the project has grown in leaps and bounds and the number of Santa Shoeboxes has grown from a humble 180 boxes in 2006 to 99 470 in 2012.
The project is supported by an extensive network of volunteers across South Africa and Namibia - kind-hearted people who give freely of their time, energy and expertise without remuneration. It also relies on the kind backing of various corporate sponsors pledging monetary or pro bono logistics support, while many companies involve their staff members to pledge Santa Shoeboxes as part of their Corporate Social Investment programmes. Satellite projects have sprung up not only in the big cities but also include many small rural towns, each of which is run by volunteers who take the responsibility as coordinators for their areas. The project is represented in all provinces, with 50 satellites across South Africa, including one in Namibia.