Broughty’s box bonanza

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Benevolent Broughty folk this year donated nearly 1,300 shoebox aid packages which will be distributed in time for Christmas.

The annual Blythswood Care Shoebox Appeal sends much needed everyday items to people in deprived countries and the Broughty Ferry appeal, which operated from 39 Gray Street, wishes to thank all those who supported them.

A spokesperson for the Blythswood volunteers said: “Thanks to the generosity of so many people in our area just short of 1,300 Blythswood Shoeboxes were packed this year and a four figure sum raised to pay for their transport to Hungary.

“As ever, the band of volunteers were amazed at the variety of items packed into the boxes; everything from a ball to a blanket, pencils to pliers, socks to string, candles to tea cloths and everything in-between and beyond.

“All week, through sun, wind and rain, members of clubs, churches, schools, groups, families, individuals and also a Care Home, trooped into 39 Gray Street, Broughty Ferry, laden with their boxes.

“Even passing shoppers, who mistook us for a charity shop selling items, returned with donations when they heard what we were doing.”

The spokesperson continued: “There will be a lot of smiling faces come Christmas-time, so a big thank you to everyone who contributed in any way. A special thanks has to go to Mr Murray who let us use 39 Gray Street, free of charge, as our packing station. This very generous act gave us an ideal, central base to work from.”

Many ‘fillers’ instead of whole shoeboxes were donated this year and although there was a shortage of empty boxes these will eventually reach their destination. The organisers would also appreciate the donation of any spare boxes for next year!