Michelle: “God can use the time that you give to bless someone else”

Your time can be a blessing to someone in need

When a friend at church told her that a charity in Ballyclare was looking for someone to work in their office, Michelle Gault wouldn’t have guessed that it was the start of a life-changing commitment.  But 21 years later, the County Antrim grandmother still makes time to volunteer for Blythswood Care, and especially when the Shoe Box Appeal is under way. 

“I started in the office in 2001,” says Michelle, looking back at the years when she was actually employed by the organisation.  “The following year I took on organising the Shoe Box Appeal and became involved in every part of the process – promoting the appeal in schools, checking boxes and distributing boxes in Serbia.”

Since retiring four years ago, Michelle continues to volunteer for the Shoe Box Appeal, and her inside knowledge of how the appeal works is invaluable as she helps other volunteers to understand what is required. 

“Volunteering for Blythswood can be very rewarding,” Michelle says.  “I’ve made lasting friendships here and in Eastern Europe.  It’s great being able to help so many different projects, especially as the gospel is at the heart of what the organisation does. 

“Even if you can give only a couple of hours a week, God can use the time that you give to bless someone else.”