Shoebox appeal helped underprivileged children
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.
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.”