If you live in or near Stonehaven, Gairloch, Poolewe or Aultbea you can take your donated goods to the Blythswood collection vehicle. The Blythswood vehicles call at these four locations on a monthly schedule as below. They will accept clothing, bric a brac and small items of furniture as well as your shoeboxes during the Shoe Box Appeal.
If you live anywhere else, please donate your goods to a Blythswood shop or a Blythswood collection bank.
Please remember that we are also always grateful for your donations of goods and of money . You may wish to think about leaving a gift in your will to Blythswood or of giving to us through Payroll Giving when the donation is automatically deducted from your salary.
BLYTHSWOOD RECYCLE TEXTILE BANKS IN THE HIGHLANDS
Blythswood Care has located recycling textile banks across the Highlands to make it easier for people in the north to donate used clothing and other goods. These allow local people to deposit clothing, shoes, bric-a-brac, books, CDs and DVDs at any time.
Unlike many charity-branded recycling bins, our textile banks are run by the organisation itself. This means that Blythswood rather than any commercial operator derives full benefit from every donated item, according to business development officer Murdo Mackay. "Our sorting team at Highland Deephaven are processing 50,000 donated items each week," he says.
"This generates goods for sale in our charity shops here and in Romania, as well as clothing that can be used as aid. Substandard items are sold on to recyclers. When you give something to Blythswood, you can be sure that it will benefit people who really need your help."
Many people know of Blythswood Care through its annual Shoe Box Appeal, but throughout the year the Christian charity distributes relief aid, supports social care projects and works to alleviate child poverty. Blythswood has worked in Eastern Europe for more than 20 years and also works in Asia and Africa. At home it runs Highland Food Bank which in 2018 fed over 7000 people from across the Highlands, distributing 50 tonnes of food.