I've been sending gift shoe boxes via Samaritan's Purse for about three years now. Normally, I do two or three, but the belt is tight this year, so I can only send one. I love doing it, because I like the idea of sending a little bit of love to someone, somewhere. Once the box is sent, I never really give it a second thought. But somewhere, children (hopefully) have been made happy by my small contribution. That's pretty cool, right?
Of course, as a writer, I'm totally biased and always end up filling my box with pens, pencils and notebooks, just in case.
Samaritan's Purse also give Christian Childrens books to the kids. Its a really awesome cause and it only costs a couple of quid to cost a box. Here's the link: http://www.operationchristmaschild.org.uk/ in case you're curious.