STRATHEARN residents have been giving generously towards this year’s Blythswood Shoebox Appeal.
All over the Strath people have been handing in beautifully wrapped and generously filled boxes, which will make their way to families in need.
At the weekend it was the job of local co-ordinator Kate Clements and her team to accept all of the boxes, ensure they were suitable to send and pack them ready for travel.
Kate said: “It was a great weekend, very successful.
“In total we are sending 1070 boxes, which have come from Crieff, Comrie, Muthill, Braco, Blackford, Greenloaning, Auchterarder, Madderty, Fowlis Wester, St Fillans and Lochearnhead – a real spread.”
Kate also revealed that people had donated £1254 towards the cost of getting the boxes to the recipients.
“People have been very generous and we have received some amazing donations,” she said.
Over the weekend people continued to hand in boxes to St Columba’s Church, which was set up as the headquarters for the appeal.
And on Monday morning the truck that will transfer the boxes to a central location arrived and took them away.
Kate was quick to express her gratitude to all those who helped support the appeal.
She said: “There are so many people to thank it would be impossible to name them individually. However, I would like to offer a huge thanks to everyone who contributed in any way to this year’s appeal.
“Everyone has been so generous and it’s great to know that the needy and disadvantaged families will be supported over the Christmas period.”
Since the Crieff branch started doing their own shoebox collection in 2007, they have collected a massive 3763 boxes.
Anyone who would like to help the charity can contact Kate Clements on 01764 653993.