Kosovo, December 2013. Kreshnik is cold. Very cold. But the five-year-old is smiling. He has just found warm gloves and a winter hat, along with many other wonderful things in a gift filled box from Blythswood Care’s Shoe Box Appeal.
Can you imagine what that means to a child in his situation? He is the youngest of five. The waste-timber shack behind him is their home. His parents are unemployed. To feed their family is a challenge. To provide them with any of the good things in shoebox would be impossible.
Last year Blythswood Care’s Shoe Box Appeal produced 118,000 gift-filled boxes for deprived children and vulnerable adults. Boxes were contributed by schools, churches, workplaces and individuals throughout the UK.
Containing toiletries, clothes, sweets, toys and other everyday items, they were distributed
in orphanages, schools, hospitals, care homes and gypsy villages in Eastern Europe. Nearly
15,000 were sent to Pakistan.
By filling a box for Blythswood’s Shoe Box Appeal, you are making a very personal present of practical help to people facing a level of hardship which is hard to imagine.