Ionel and Lenuta look wise beyond their years and perhaps they are. Thus far their young lives have been incredibly hard. Their mother died of alcohol abuse. Their father is away from home, working in Russia to support his three children. Their brother is disabled. And their grandfather – their only day-to-day carer – is a very old man.
Standing in the winter sunshine, on the dirt track of their home village in eastern Moldova, they have a solemn dignity all their own. The gifts they received from Blythswood’s Shoe Box Appeal made them very happy, according to Dumitru Sevastian. “They were very thankful,” he says.
Last winter Blythswood’s Shoe Box Appeal resulted in 106,000 shoeboxes being delivered to people in eight east European countries and in Pakistan.
Filled with everyday items such as a bar of soap, a pair of socks and a notebook, boxes from the annual appeal bring practical aid to people deprived of basic necessities.
But more than that they bring the message that somebody cares. Whatever their futures hold, Ionel and Lenuta enjoyed the kindness of strangers that day. Their lives were brightened, their horizons broadened.
By filling a box in 2015, you can show kindness to a child or adult in need. Phone 01349 830777 for an instruction leaflet now or register online here.