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15 November 2014
From Cromarty to Romania

Cromarty Primary School pupils proudly show the boxes that they contributed to the 2014 Blythswood Shoe Box Appeal.

Yesterday, the 'shoe box ladies' — who meet in the West Church throughout the year to wrap and fill boxes — completed 155 boxes which will soon be on their way to Romania. Each box contains basic toiletries such as soap, face cloth, toothbrush and toothpaste, together with a warm hat, scarf and gloves and sweets. Younger children's boxes also include a small doll or soft toy for girls and a toy car for boys. Blythswood adds a Bible storybook for children and a calendar with Bible verses for adults.

This is the 21st year of the appeal, and Cromarty has acted as a shoe box 'sorting station' for more than half this time. The success of this local effort is thanks to the generosity of many people who knit hats and scarves or donate other items needed to fill the boxes.

Photo by Pam Thompson