FAIRLIE Parish Church is asking villagers to contribute to this year's Shoebox Appeal which to help Ukraine.


Long-serving church volunteer Ann Tyler is hoping that the public will rally round once more.
Last year worshippers managed to fill 229 boxes and donated a total of £687 to cover transport costs for good to make it overseas.
Ann said: "We had an astonishing success in 2021, but realise that this year things may be more difficult for people to donate and support us. 
"If things are difficult here then they will be even harder for those we normally supply with our Christmas boxes, especially countries surrounding Ukraine."
Essential items include toothpaste and brushes, hat, scarf and gloves, soap, underwear, socks, sweets and small toys for children. 
The appeal is also looking for shampoo, deodorant, face cloths, moisturising cream, sanitary products, shaving foam/razors, notebooks, pens and pencils.
Ann continued; "Boxes are made up for children, teenagers and adults. Some folks like to choose a category and fill one for a person, others like to give individual items and we assemble them into boxes. Some are unable to shop and find it better to donate money to buy items we are short of and to help with transport costs.
"I can’t express the joy that receiving a Christmas box brings to the recipient, who often has so little."
To get involved contact Ann on 01475 568421 or go to blythswood.org/shoeboxappeal