Toys are a treat for children like ten year old Hristo, in the province of Sliven, Bulgaria. To buy clothes or shoes for the children is a struggle for their parents. Toys are out of the question.
No wonder then that the boy shows such joy and excitement as he holds the cars which he found in his shoebox. His father, who sometimes takes labouring jobs paying less than 50p per hour, could never afford to spend money on gifts like that.
“Children such as Hristo love to receive toys,” says shoebox distributor, Zhani Slavcheva. “Their parents really appreciate shampoo and disposable razors. They like to receive gloves, hats and scarves, too, as they can use them over a long time.”