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To Bulgaria with love! Christmas shoeboxes to bring cheer to Europe’s most vulnerable children

THETrussell Trust is collecting Christmas shoeboxes in Frome again this month, in the hope of recreating last year’s success, which saw the charity donate over 8,500 shoeboxes to Bulgarian families.

Christmas shoeboxes can be taken to St John’s Parish Church on Bath Street, which is an official collecting point for the appeal again this year. The church will be collecting the gifts until this Sunday 22nd November.

Christmas boxes are wrapped in festive paper and filled with small gifts such as soap, stationery, gloves, hats, toys and sweets. The Trussell Trust then distributes the boxes to poor communities in Bulgaria such as orphanages, women’s refuges, refugee camps, and isolated or disabled people.

The trust’s overseas operations manager Rich Parsons said, “We were delighted at the response to last year’s appeal. We were able to distribute shoeboxes to more orphanages, refugees and very poor families than ever before.

“The Trussell Trust hopes that people will dig deep again this year to help spread a little cheer to some of Europe’s poorest people. It is truly humbling to see parents who had nothing to give their children at Christmas, completely overwhelmed with joy when they receive gifts for the whole family! So many of the people we give shoeboxes to have been abandoned or rejected; these Christmas presents help them know that someone cares.

“We’re asking everyone who gives a shoebox to tell a friend about our appeal. If everyone helps out in this way, we could brighten many more Christmases!”

Further information about the Christmas box appeal can be found at or you can pick up a leaflet at St John’s Church.