Shoebox collection returns to spread sparkle in Eastern Europe

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On November 5 2020 a Blythswood van came to Campbeltown and picked up more than 120 shoeboxes filled with Christmas gifts to take to Eastern Europe.

These were part of 75,218 boxes collected from different corners of the UK and then distributed to many people whose lives are marked by poverty.

The boxes reached their destinations in good time for Christmas 2020.

This year the collection van will return to Campbeltown Esplanade on Thursday, November 4 between 9am and 10am.

It will then return to Glasgow stopping at Tarbert (Charity Shop) 11am – 11.05am; Lochgilphead Lorne Lorry Park, 11.30am-12.30pm; and Inveraray Lorry Park 13.45pm- 14.15pm.

Blythswood Shoebox appeal local champion Liz Ferguson said: ‘Last year people from as far afield as Southend and Tayinloan came to deliver their boxes, and to bring some happiness to people who have very little by way of material possessions.

‘Blythswood provides a list of items to put in the box, and the choice is whether to pack a box for a boy or a girl, a man, or a woman. A label is stuck on the box telling what is inside.’

‘The fun part for us is to see how much we can get in the box. But what we do not see is the difference it makes to lives in Eastern Europe.’

If you have never filled a shoebox for the Blythswood Appeal, you can find information on their website blythswood.org.

There are stories to inspire you, ideas of what to put in a box and downloadable checklists giving information of essentials to be included.

‘It is very important that you adhere to the guidelines provided in order to comply with customs requirements,’ added Liz.

‘If you live in or around Campbeltown and would like a bit of company and a bit of chat as you fill a shoebox, you are welcome to join us at Campbeltown Free Church on Saturday, October 23 between 1pm and 4pm.’

Anyone not able to fill a shoebox but who wishes to help, can donate the following new items: toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, shower gel, hat, scarf, gloves, small toy, bagged sweets (not chocolate) with best before date no earlier than 31/3/22 or a money donation to help with fuel for the lorries to Europe.

If anyone in Campbeltown would like a checklist and is not able to download one, Liz Ferguson has a few spare. Telephone 07761 571885.

For general help and advice in connection to Blythswood Shoeboxes please contact Allan Band at the Glasgow depot on 0141 882 0585.