Annual Shipping Container and the Shoe Box Program

Our annual shipping container is a collaborative program with other churches that have twin churches in Haiti, working through the Parish Twinning Program. It is the easiest way to ship to into Haiti.


This year we will be accepting donations until the 17th of March. If you need to deliver something past that date, please contact us.

We deliver our items to a central warehouse in Lebanon TN, and then share container space. All of the cost involved is broken down into a cubic foot price of $7.

The Parish Twinning Program has been shipping humanitarian goods to Haiti since1994.  Millions of dollars in medicines, medical supplies and equipment, generators, solar panels, food, school supplies and much more have been donated by U.S. parishes to their twin parishes in Haiti. The shipment has originated since 2002 out of Nashville, Tennessee.  National Coordinator Pat Rehovsky from St. Ignatius Church in Antioch, Tennessee has volunteered untold hours in overseeing the organization and shipping of the containers.  Some 75 churches, organizations and other groups participate in each shipment, while approximately the same number of parishes and projects in Haiti are the recipients of the goods.


The following list is suggested needs. There are many needs, so if you have something that would be of use, please contact us to see if it is appropriate. Donations do not need to be new, clean, used & good condition items are OK.

General Needs:

  • Powdered Milk (nothing out of date please)
  • Baby formula (nothing out of date please)
  • Garden Tools, shovels, rakes, hoes, pick axes, digging forks (also called potato fork). We are starting lending tool libraries for the farmers and need tools for the school gardens.
  • Balls
  • Hand tools
  • Odds and ends Hardware
  • Religious Items
  • Generators
  • Solar lights
  • Solar chargers
  • Solar panels
  • Shoes
  • Children’s clothing
  • Over the counter medication (nothing out of date please)
  • Five gallon buckets w/lids
  • School supplies
  • folding tables and chairs for the Fr.Jim Agriculture center
  • Dishes. Plates and silverware(to use when we have workshops and conferences
  • bowls and spoons for school lunches
  • used laptops for computer lab (older outdated operating systems such as XP OK).

Needs for Libraries:

  • Globes
  • School books in French
  • Recreational books in French for youth and adults
  • Microscopes
  • Telescopes
  • Laptop Computers
  • Digital Cameras
  • Maps in French


Shoe Box Program 2017

The Shoe Box Program allows you, your group, or youth group to directly support the school children in Riviere Mancelle.

The Shoe Box Program which began as a way to give gifts to sponsored school children, has now blossomed into a project that serves all of the school children.

For the sake of all of the children, we now break down the shoe boxes, giving a toy or a treat to each of the children. The simple toys that are sent bring delight and laughter. The teachers and principle distribute the school supplies to the children, these school supplies are often the only supplies a class has.  The personal care products are distributed where there is the greatest need.

The truth is that we collect between 150 and 200 shoe boxes, but 750 children attend school. In a country where daily life is defined by grinding poverty, sharing is survival.

The gifts and supplies included in the shoe boxes are extremely important. Please support this important program.

If you are packing a single shoe box, please feel free to mix items, however, we suggest for those of you who have a more specific focus, or are packing multiple boxes, please pack each shoe box with just one type of item, example: toys, or school supplies, or personal hygiene products.

Please include $7.00 shipping for each shoe box.

Please have your shoeboxes to us by March 17th 2017.    Mèci, Mèci, Anpil!  Thank You, Thank You, Very Much!

Suggestions for your shoe box

Toys and Treats

  • Slinky
  • Jump rope
  • Jacks
  • Deflated soccer balls
  • Transistor radio
  • Batteries with solar powered battery charger
  • French bibles
  • Religious items
  • Decks of cards
  • Mc Donald toys
  • Small cars
  • Wind-up alarm clock
  • Watch
  • Yo-yo
  • Balls
  • Dolls
  • Stuffed animals
  • Stamps and inkpad sets
  • Coloring books
  • Comb
  • Washcloth
  • Hard candy
  • Lollipops
  • Mints and Gum
  • Sunglasses
  • Flashlights (with extra batteries)
  • Ball caps
  • T-shirts
  • Toy jewelry
  • Hair clips
  • Sewing kits
  • Puzzles
  • Toy Trucks
  • Motorcycles
  • Pocket games
  • socks
  • Small picture books
  • Dominoes
  • Checkers

School Supplies

  • Crayons
  • Markers
  • Writing pads
  • Paper
  • Pens
  • Pencils
  • Solar powered calculator
  • Scissors
  • Rulers
  • Chalk

Personal Hygiene Supplies

  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • soap
  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • (Hotel size are great, ask your traveling friends to save them)

Please do not send in your shoe box the following items:

  • Money
  • Your address
  • War-related items: toy guns, knives etc.
  • Any foods or medications
  • Please be careful of small parts that would cause choking in small children

All shampoo or liquids should be well sealed with additional tape and placed inside of a Ziploc bag.