Shoeboxes brighten up Christmas for children in need

Photo: An example shoebox filled with small presents for a child in need

Every year, La Femme Contemporaine Asbl (LFC) ensures that children in need in Luxembourg are not left out when it comes to Christmas. Through various charities and social services, small presents are distributed to those who need them most.

Cutting and gluing

For the fourth year running, we have supported this action by collecting and decorating empty shoeboxes, provided by individuals or shoe shops who are more than happy to get rid of their waste cardboard. It takes about 20 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.

Appropriate presents

So what type of presents can a child expect to receive? The age range is approximately from 3 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…

Donations to fill the shoeboxes

Over the years, the Lions Club Erasmus has also donated a total of 5,500 euros to help to buy the contents for the boxes produced.

For more information about the LFC, visit La Femme Contemporaine website

Who we are

Who we are

Lions Club Erasmus is the only English-speaking club belonging to the Lions Luxembourg District 113 . We are one of the few clubs that has a mixed membership, i.e. women and men. Although English is our working language, our members are of many different nationalities and backgrounds. It is this diversity and richness which makes our club special.

History of the club

The club was founded in the year 2000 by Leo de Waal, a member of Lions Club Europe, who brought together a small group of people from diverse nationalities, backgrounds and occupations. The same year, Lions Club Erasmus decided on its main project – to fundraise for children’s projects in Luxembourg a

nd abroad.

Taking advantage of the changeover to the euro, it set up its Coins for Kids campaign, where collecting tins were placed with companies and individuals to collect all the old currency coins. These were then sorted manually by the club members and exchanged for euros.

Why Lions Club Erasmus?

The following two Erasmus quotes can stand as a sort of mission statement for Lions Club Erasmus in Luxembourg.

“I am a citizen of the world, known to all and to all a stranger.”

“That you are patriotic will be praised by many and easily forgiven by everyone; but in my opinion it is wiser to treat men and things as though we held this world the common fatherland of all.”

They appeal to us:

  • to transcend borders, both physical and in the mind, in other words, to value openness, tolerance and to accept our common citizenship of the world;

  • to be responsible for others, to serve those weaker and less privileged everywhere;

  • to be mindful and protect our physical environment, since it does not belong to us individually, but to all humanity.

Interested?

If you would like to know more about becoming member, visit our page How to become a member.

More information

If you would like more information about our club and activities, please get in touch with us via our Contact page. We look forward to hearing from you!

What we do

Introduction

The club’s regular meetings are held twice a month.

Fundraising

Our main fundraising activity is through the Coins for Kids compaign.

Support through actions

In addition to fundraising, the Lions Club Erasmus has frequently participated in other charity events such as a charity quiz, supporting the banque alimentaire by eating pizza or organising food collections or decorating shoeboxes to hold Christmas gifts for children in need.

… having fun

While supporting children in need in our key activity, we also like to have fun.  In the past we have organised cultural trips for members, partners and friends, including wine-tasting on the Moselle, a trip to Aachen,  a country walk and a visit to the Chambre des Députés. 

How to become a member

Helping others and meeting new people

Are you interested in helping others and meeting new people? As a Lions Club Erasmus member you will:

  • Use your talents to make an impact locally and around the world

  • Acquire new skills

  • Meet people from different cultures, nationalities and backgrounds

  • Cultivate new friendships

You can volunteer your time to help those in need through fundraising and other activities.

…And have fun while you do it!

Our Lions Club activities can fit your lifestyle

Being a Lion allows you to help change lives locally and abroad.

We are, however, aware how little time most people have because of professional, personal or family commitments. You can commit as much time as you wish and as your schedule allows or as your circumstances change.

Our club lets you volunteer your help to fit your lifestyle, whether you are looking to lend a helping hand or later to pursue a leadership role.

Meetings

Our regular club meetings are twice a month, on the second and fourth Wednesday evenings.

Interested? Find out more

For more information about becoming a member, please get in touch with us by email at contact@lionscluberasmus.lu or use our contact form.