Erisa Katono explains why he supports Blythswood’s Shoe Box Appeal
Blythswood Care Christmas Shoe Box Appeal brings together all ages at Selhurst Evangelical Church. And that’s just one reason why youth worker Erisa Katono is so enthusiastic about it.
“The children are excited to fill their shoeboxes together,” he says. “It can be something as simple as donating a toothbrush. Then, on Shoe Box Sunday, they file into the church to add their boxes to the pile donated by the congregation.
“They can see they are taking part in a collective effort along with the adults. Senior ladies help by pre-wrapping the boxes in nice paper. It’s a way for them to serve.”
Erisa sees the Shoe Box Appeal as a practical expression of the Gospel. “It’s biblical to care for the poor,” he says. Last year’s appeal resulted in 107,000 boxes for needy people in Eastern Europe, filled with practical gifts, such as a warm hat, a bar of soap and a packet of sweets.
He also likes the fact that Blythswood addresses people’s greatest need, by including Bible storybooks and calendars. “That makes it quite unique,” he says. “It’s good to see that Blythswood is confident in God’s Word. We are as well, and this helps our young people to see that.”
The appeal is supported by churches across the UK, from Shetland to Cornwall. To discover how you can join in, visit www.shoeboxappeal.org or call 01349 830777.