For many of these children it is the only present they get all year, so every box counts and guarantees to bring joy, laughter and hope into some heart-rending situations.
For anyone who missed the opportunity to take part, the Team Hope Christmas Shoebox Appeal has moved online, and you can now fill a box at the click of a button.
All you have to do is go to www.teamhope.ie where you can donate €15 for an online shoebox, decide whether you'd like your gift to be for a boy, a girl or both and Team Hope will do the rest.
Niall Barry, Team Hope Executive Director said: "Our online shoebox is a great idea for anyone who hasn't had the time to go shopping, can't get out, or just never got round to it. Our team in Kenya will use the money donated to create a Christmas gift (just like the ones we do here) and give it to one of Africa's poorest children."
For more information about the Team Hope Christmas Shoebox Appeal or to get involved visit www.teamhope.ie. Follow Team Hope on Facebook www.facebook.com/team.hope.ireland and Twitter @TeamHopeIreland #AMteamshoebox