Seventeen-year-old twins Lajos and Zoltan can’t see the gifts you sent them. But they can hear what is said by the person delivering the boxes to their village home in Eastern Hungary.
And they can smell the soap, they can feel the toothbrushes, they can taste the sweets. They can understand and appreciate that someone far away has shown them this act of kindness by filling a shoebox for each of them.
When they were little children, the twins could see but by the age of 14 they had lost their sight completely. Now they attend a group for young people with disabilities, which keeps them occupied during the day.
Living in an area of high unemployment their mother has no paid work while their father can find only casual jobs from time to time. When asked which items they liked best, the parents said they were especially glad to receive toothbrushes and toothpaste but that every item in the boxes proved to be useful.
Photo above: Soap, sweets, toothpaste, a new pair of socks – the simple gifts on Blythswood’s shoebox list are guaranteed to be useful and to bring pleasure to people like Lajos and Zoltan