There's a new Christmas Shoebox Appeal starting.

Organisers say: "It is indeed that time of year again. As the nights draw in, our thoughts begin to turn to Christmas.

"As we give to friends and loved ones, can we extend our giving to those who are far less fortunate than ourselves, those who are living in poverty.

"Blythswood Care has recognised the support and generous giving from our island communities over many years. It is greatly valued and very much appreciated.

"Blythswood Shoe box leaflets can be found in the Blythswood Charity shop on Kenneth Street, or obtained from churches, shops and schools.

"If you can fill a shoe box with the essential items highlighted on the leaflet, you can deliver it to the ususal collection point at the Blythswood Shoebox Appeal Centre at the back of the Old Co-op furniture store, on Kenneth Street which is opposite Lodge Fortrose in Stornoway, or alternatively it can be handed in to the Blythswood Shop on Kenneth Street or any of the local schools or rural centres.

"Great thanks to D.R. Macleod (Stornoway) for the use of the Old Co-op Building.

"This year the Shoebox sorting is to be carried out at the Blythswood headquarters in Evanton and the shoeboxes sent from our islands will be sent to Romania.

"If you cannot find a shoebox and would still like to donate, please hand the items that you wish to send to the local Blythswood shop/school or the Appeal Centre in the Old Co-op and it will be sent on to Evanton where a box containing the items will be made up for you.

"Schools and Rural centres have requested that the boxes be sent in to them by Monday 28thOctober.

"Alternatively you can send them directly to the Appeal Centre at  the old Coop on Kenneth Street on Thursday 31st October and Friday 1st November from 3pm – 6.30pm.

If you have any queries regarding any aspect of the Shoebox appeal or require further details, do not hesitate to contact any of the co-ordinators:

Dorothy Kennedy (Back) 07733 401254

Charlie Nicolson  07717 816476

Chris Martin 01851 706143