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Volunteers at the Broughty branch of the Blythswood Shoe Box Appeal were inundated this year as more than 1500 donations came flooding in.

A grand total of 1600 shoe boxes of Christmas gifts for the underprivileged had been donated by closing time on Friday, November 6, so many in fact that the volunteers had to stay on to process them all.

A delighted Moira Anthony, from the Blythswood Shoe Box Appeal said: “The response from all you lovely, generous people was absolutely fantastic this year. So much so that we had to go back to work on the Saturday to complete the checking, packing and paperwork. What a response we had.

“It was a pleasure to meet old friends and new in our much-welcomed shop in Grey Street, Broughty Ferry; individuals, groups, clubs, organisations, churches and schools, who should be congratulated on their magnificent efforts this year, Uncle Tom Cobley and all, trooped in to see us, bearing box after box.

“The sum of around £1600 was also collected to help pay for the transport to Albania, with more donated online. We cannot thank everyone enough.”

Moira continued: “Thanks must also go the band of volunteers, the ‘packers and stackers’, who beavered away all week. The ‘packers’ ranged from great-grandparents to students who gave up their free study- time to help. The ‘stackers’ were our strong-armed team who sealed, labelled and stacked the huge cartons filled with the boxes. We couldn’t have done it without them.

“Forecasters are predicting a severe winter so can I suggest that all you lovely knitters buy in a supply of wool and start knitting for next year, especially adult and teenage hats, scarves and gloves. These are always in short supply. And while keeping warm and cosy why not log on to YouTube: What a box can mean to see some of the responses the boxes received last year. Have a box of tissues handy and, if you do shed a tear or two, you can be content in knowing that there will be a lot of happy faces in Albania this Christmas. Well done everyone and many thanks once again.”

Every year the Blythswood Show Box Appeal sends parcels of gifts donated by the community to needy children abroad. These boxes can really brighten a child’s Christmas - visit http://www.blythswood.org/#!shoebox-appeal/ccuw