Before the evening drew in there was time for a final Shoebox delivery around the village. The final visit was to an elderly couple who lived with their daughter, her husband and three children. We started by giving the children their shoebox, they were somewhat reluctant to open it in front of so many people – with Andrei, Vadim and Sharon we were a group of seven. After a bit of gentle persuasion from the team here, the children carefully opened the shoebox, pulling out a slinky, which captured their attention, then chocolate was devoured with gusto. Once again, these children handed things to their mum from the shoebox which were more suited to her - time and time again we see this selfless giving and sharing from young people here.
We had selected a nice heavy elderly shoebox for the grandparents. As we entered the small room where the couple were sat on the bed, we were warmly greeted – with a degree of surprise, and the lady hurriedly tidied away the knitting she had been doing, we got that the couple were fairly immobile and spent a lot of time sat in this room. The couple were very happy to open the shoebox with us, and we were as delighted as them with the wonderful, thoughtful contents, including the first hot water bottle we had seen on this trip, a tote shopping bag, a sturdy pair of pliers, a set of dominoes, a sewing kit, set of forks, a lavender bag, pretty headscarf, a good selection of knitted winter woollies, and many other wonderful gifts. It was a wonderful final shoebox of the trip, and the couple were thrilled with it.