Shoebox box queen

Dorothy with a mountain of boxes ready for shipping out. GG 1411044 12
Dorothy with a mountain of boxes ready for shipping out. GG 1411044 12

FROM her neat wee home in Minnigaff, former nurse Dorothy Sneddon has been making up Christmas shoeboxes full of goodies for the underprivileged in Romania for the last ten years.

Sixty-seven-year-old Dorothy, who shuns the limelight, has dedicated the last ten years of her life to gathering up goods for the shoeboxes that are collected by the charity Blytheswood Care, based in Glasgow, who then ship and distribute them in Europe.

When the Galloway Gazette called round to see Dorothy earlier this week, her living room was piled high with the boxes, all beautifully wrapped up in Christmas paper, ready for the Bythswood lorry to pick up the following day.

Now retired, the mother of four says she finds knitting therapeutic as she suffers from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and is often linked up to an oxygen cylinder.

Dorothy said: “I collect and make up the boxes all year round. They are filled with items like shampoo, soap, toothbrushes, toothpaste, combs as well as knitted hats, scarfs and pencil cases. Other much needed items are cutlery, colouring books, toys, playing cards, socks, tights, jotters, pencil sharpeners and head scarves.

“I go to the Riverside Day Centre (in Newton Stewart) most days and they are very good sourcing the stuff I want. I just need to say I am needing such and such and it appears the next day. I knit items as well for anyone at the Day Centre and the money raised goes towards buying the other items.

“I love knitting. I have knitted all my life and I’m glad that I can do some good somewhere with it.”

If you would like to donate items to Dorothy for her Christmas shoeboxes please get in touch with Louise at The Galloway Gazette on 01671 404767 or at