Boxes of cheer
Support from Strath
Organisers of the 2017 Blythswood appeal have praised locals for their generosity in filling Christmas shoeboxes for the needy overseas.
Kate Clements, who coordinates the campaign in the Strath, told the Herald: “This year’s appeal was very well-supported by the community in Strathearn and beyond. As a result we sent off over 2000 filled boxes and donations of £2900 helped transport costs.
“The sorting and packing station at St Columba’s Church was busy with willing volunteers working to carefully check every box and meet strict customs regulations. Then a truck was loaded with cartons ready to be driven overland to Eastern Europe in time for Christmas.
“Sincere thanks to schools, churches, groups and individuals who helped with knitting, crochet, sewing, packing and checking, box covering and the many, many jobs which together help make a successful appeal.
“Blythswood’s main distributing centre has been very pleased with the overall total results of the 2017 appeal and are confident all boxes will be delivered to vulnerable and disadvantaged folks before Christmas.”
Collection St Dominic’s Primary School collected 98 shoeboxes for the Blythswood Shoebox appeal
Donations Residents of Wardside House in Muthill with their filled shoeboxes
Coordinator Kate Clements
Generous Some of the shoeboxes collected by Comrie Parish Church