Published: 23/12/2008 00:00 - Updated: 25/11/2011 15:35

Maria receives gift in a million


A SEVEN-year-old gypsy girl in Bulgaria has received the millionth shoebox from the appeal organised by the Highland Christian charity, Blythswood Care. Danny Muschate, Blythswood's head of fund-raising, described the girl, Maria, as "overjoyed with everything". "Maria is a bright girl but doesn't have much," he said. "She especially liked the colouring book and pens." Her mother, Rosica, was pleased that her daughter received a matching scarf, hat and gloves, as she could not afford to buy her winter clothes. She and her husband are both unemployed and neither can read nor write. Their household income of less than £50 per month goes entirely on food for themselves and their four children. Blythswood Care's 2008 Shoebox Appeal produced 124,000 gift boxes, bringing the total since 1993 to 1,114,000. This year, boxes have been despatched to India and Sri Lanka as well as to Albania, Bulgaria, Hungary, Moldova, Romania, Serbia and Ukraine.

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