Church of Scotland


Blysthwood Care Shoebox Appeal 2019

Tuesday, 24 September 2019

Annual Church Appeal

The time for our annual Shoebox Appeal is fast approaching so time to start collecting items (the easy part) and wrapping the shoebox (the harder part).

If you find the wrapping job almost impossible (or you can’t find a shoebox as these seem to be very rare nowadays) then don’t despair as there are 2 solutions:

1)      Just donate some of the items from Blythswood’s list and these can be included in other boxes.

2)      Put together what you would usually put in a box and we will organise volunteers (those folk who love wrapping shoeboxes!) to make up the boxes in our church hall.


However, if you wish to make up a box as usual then please bring it to the Session House on a Sunday morning or phone me and I can collect it.

If you are a person who is a whizz with Christmas paper and sticky tape I hope you will volunteer to help pack boxes. It could be a lot of fun!!


In 2018 Blythswood distributed 107,073 shoebox presents in 8 different countries – Albania, Bulgaria, Hungary, Kosovo, Moldova, Romania, Serbia and Ukraine – bringing happiness to adults and children alike. Knowing that someone has cared about them enough to buy gifts for them is part of that happiness.

However, the distribution of shoeboxes is only part of Blythswood’s work. The charity, based in Evanton near Inverness, supports local charities in many countries, helps fight addiction through rehabilitation centres, helps homeless people across the world, provides Bibles in appropriate languages through the Seafarers’ Centre in Invergordon, supports the work of Street Pastors in Inverness and operates the Highland Foodbank.

You can find out more about the work of this amazing Scottish Christian charity by visiting its shop in Prestwick or its website – www.blythswood .org

Sheena Henderson