Marina is four. She spends each day in the village kindergarten. In the evening she returns to her grandparents’ house. Like many other places in Moldova, the village is sparsely populated as many have moved away. Marina’s parents are absent from her life, working in faraway Moscow. The local school has closed.
“Marina was very happy to receive her gift,” says Andrei Groza who runs Moldovan children’s charity Copii pentru Hristos. “She liked the toys best, especially the doll. And
all the children here love to receive sweets, too.”
“But what Marina needs most at her age is a parent’s love.” A Blythswood shoebox is
practical – full of gifts which help people in poverty. It‘s also very personal – a thoughtful act of kindness towards a stranger in need. Fill a box for Blythswood in 2014 and you too can bring a smile to someone like Marina.