Shoe­box ap­peal helped un­der­priv­i­leged chil­dren

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Strat­ton Wil­liams

Un­der­priv­i­leged chil­dren in Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang r e c e i ved ex t ra Christ­mas cheer – thanks to a Cathkin mum’s shoe­box ap­peal.

Charmian Har­ri­son

is a teacher for chil­dren with so­cial, emo­tional and be­havioural needs (SEBN) in Stonelaw, Trin­ity and Ruther­glen high schools.

“I am very much aware of how dif­fi­cult Christ­mas can be for some of th­ese young­sters and it may not be a par­tic­u­larly pleas­ant time of year for them,” said the mum-of-three.

“I had done shoe­box ap­peals in the past at Christ­mas but al­ways sent the gifts abroad.

“So this year I thought it would be good if I could help kids closer to home in my lo­cal area in­stead,” she said.

Charmian ( 44), from East Kil­bride Road, put out the word on so­cial me­dia to en­cour­age her friends to join in the Christ­mas present gath­er­ing.

“I de­cided that I would ask ev­ery­one who took part to fill boxes with gifts to the value of £15 in each one.

“And the re­sponse has been ter­rific.

“We man­aged to fill 54 boxes with loads of items like puzzles, pens, pa­per, tooth­brushes and cud­dly toys.”

The good­ies will go to chil­dren from months old through to 17 years.

Charmian’s own fam­ily mucked in to help too.

Her three chil­dren, Har­ri­son (12), Jessie (9) and Zaf­fira ( 7), bought goods and helped wrap them up.

Dad Gary (47), also got in on the act by de­liv­er­ing the boxes to Cam­bus­lang Fam­ily Cen­tre.

Charmian also paid trib­ute to ev­ery­one who helped out in any way.

“I can’t thank my friends and fam­ily enough for all their sup­port – they made it all worth­while.

“Hope­fully, we can build on this and make it even big­ger next year,” she said.

Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor of South La­nark­shire So­cial Work Re­sources Harry Steven­son praised Charmian and her fam­ily and friends for their ef­forts.

“I thank Mrs Ed­wards and her fam­ily for their kind­ness,” he said.

“I am sure the shoe boxes will have made Christ­mas Day ex­tra spe­cial for many chil­dren.”

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