Boxes of cheer

Sup­port from Strath

Strathearn Herald - - FRONT PAGE -

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

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