Presented with a box of gifts from Blythswood’s 2018 Shoe Box Appeal, a homeless man living on the streets of Sliven, Bulgaria, discovered items that were immediately useful to him.
“Encho was overjoyed with the contents of his box,” says Danny Muschate whose church in Inverness processes all the boxes for Bulgaria. “He was especially pleased with a tin mug that he can use to heat drinks on an open fire.
“He was also really delighted with a wind-up torch and with some new socks to keep himself warm. Without a doubt, this box was meant for him.” Blythswood’s 2018 Shoe Box Appeal produced 107,073 boxes that were distributed in Albania, Bulgaria, Hungary, Kosovo, Moldova, Romania, Serbia and Ukraine.
Blythswood’s chief executive James Campbell says: “I want to thank everyone who filled a shoebox for Blythswood and all the volunteers who helped us process the boxes. Your generosity brought joy to children and adults living in poverty.”
Photo above: A tin mug is especially useful to homeless men like Encho