Other great ways to help!

Sorry you couldn't help out this year! I hope you get in early enough to be part of the team next year. In the meantime, you can always help keep the lights (and website) on by donating.

In the meantime, there’s a lot of awesome groups you can support, and a lot of ways you can make a difference - I went out and asked the Wellington team which was the most deserving, local cause in their opinion, and I’ve listed them here. 

You'll notice first on the list is Stationery Starter Packs - this is a really simple one that I run alongside Wellington Shoebox Christmas. It provides stationery packs for low decile school leavers headed off to college next year - the schools tell us the stationery needs of each kid, and we fill a backpack with everything they need - then drop it off before school finishes. This year we’re also bringing some kids in from three local schools (Porirua and Linden), to design an online reading tracker - then next year we’ll use this to track their reading progress and incentivise those who achieve their reading goals.

Donate to Shoebox Christmas

I run this project in my spare time, that's free, but the web hosting, bulk email tools etc., aren't. Any help is appreciated!

Stationery Starter Packs

Stationery packs for low decile school leavers - helping them make a good start at college next year

Be a Sled Driver

Pick up presents and deliver them to schools during school hours

Foster Hope Wellington

Helping kids going into, and transitioning out of, foster care with a bunch of great things like backpacks for their new homes.


The focus of our service is the children and young persons of one-parent families. We work with the whole family

Little Sprouts

We give free life-changing baby boxes to babies in real need!

Ronald McDonald House

Strengthening Kiwi families throughout their children’s medical journeys, ensuring they are better placed to cope and help their children heal.

Wellington City Mission

We provide holistic support to those who need help, offering access to all our programmes in response to need.

The House of Grace

A home for pregnant teens. A place to live, learn, prepare for childbirth and make plans for a bright future.

Pregnancy Help

Services and support for pregnant mothers

Heart Kids

Heart Kids NZ is the only charity that supports Kiwi children and families affected by Congenital Heart Disease, right through their life.

Women’s Refuge

Keeping women and kids safe.

Smile Dial

Smile Dial has the simple goal of putting Smiles on the Dials of families with children with special needs.

Whirlwind Kapiti

Whirlwind focus on men’s mental health because men are typically reluctant to ask for help when they really need it.

Kiwi Community Assistance (KCA)

We provide fresh produce, non perishable food, clothing, books, toys, through to household goods including furniture and whiteware to families in need in communities throughout Wellington

Te Whare Koha

We will collect donated items and give these back to the community. Everything is free and no money will change hands in exchange for goods.