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Wooly hats keep heads warm

Blythswood packers team

blankets to keep warm

Teddy Mittens glove & puppet

Blythswood truck on its way

Hats Gloves and Scarves  - 21 October 2018

The selection and colours of items on display
St. Mungo's congregation once again rallied to the call for warm clothing for those in Eastern Europe that have little to keep them warm when winter strikes hard. Sharpening their knitting needles we could almost hear the clicking around Penicuik as woolly hats, gloves, scarves and blankets were produced in abundance.

Co-ordinator Christine Jackson reported over 500 items on display at the service on Sunday 21 October. An amazing
blaze of colours you could not help but see as we entered the church.  The display was earlier this year as Blythswood Care, who use our knitting to make up presents in their Shoebox appeal, have even more countries to send to and are starting earlier to make sure they reach everyone for Christmas.

Our Spotlight during the service focussed on the display. John explained why, as Christians, we do this each year, following our belief in Jesus who taught us to look after those who are weak and poor.  During the Spotlight we watched a video prepared for us by Blythswood Care showing the places they go to in this their 25th year of operation. From small beginnings in 1993  where 300 boxes were delivered to Romania, they expect to deliver over the 2017 target of 115000 shoeboxes in 2018. What was really striking was the list of countries to be visited this year, displayed at the end of the video. In addition to Romania we saw Albania, Bulgaria, Hungary, Kosovo, Moldova, Serbia and Ukraine added to the list.

viewing the amazing selection on display
It really hits home and makes you think. How in 2018 can our world be in such a desperate situation. We should be thankful that, by the grace of God, are able to help those in distress and poverty.

A big thank you to all who contributed, be it knitting all year, or buying something from the shops. They will all keep someone, adult or child, warm this winter, at Christmas..

After the service the hats gloves, scarves and cardigans and blankets were taken to Blythswood Care to be added to their Shoebox gifts going this year to poor and underprivileged children and adults in these East European states.

While these gifts will not solve poverty, they are a simple but practical gift at Christmas, from someone in a far off country who cares for those less fortunate than themselves, enough to hold out the hand of friendship and support.

A huge thank you to all who contributed, be it melting those knitting needles to make these scarves, gloves and hats, cardigans and blankets or purchasing items to add to the collection. They are all welcomed by those who receive the boxes.

Watch the Blythswood Care video - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QOpRPfrboVs
Penicuik: St. Mungo's Parish Church (Church of Scotland). Scottish Charity No SC005838