Christmas shoeboxes need filling

Angie Gallagher, Bryan Harkness and Bev Greenwood with Rotary Club and Courier shoebox appeal at Tesco, King Cross.
Angie Gallagher, Bryan Harkness and Bev Greenwood with Rotary Club and Courier shoebox appeal at Tesco, King Cross.
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The Courier and Rotary Shoebox Appeal is taking shape in all stages of the process to make a difference to disadvantaged children and adults, this Christmas.

Pupils from Ravenscliffe High School have been busy fulfilling good deeds by filling shoeboxes for less fortunate members of our society.

With their Shoebox's at Ravenscliffe High School are Lindsay Riley, Darwin Day 11, Katie Lightfoot 15, Daniel Sugen 14 and Jack Hicks 15.

With their Shoebox's at Ravenscliffe High School are Lindsay Riley, Darwin Day 11, Katie Lightfoot 15, Daniel Sugen 14 and Jack Hicks 15.

Students from Ravenscliffe and across the region have filled shoeboxes suitable for children, teenagers, adults and the elderly with items such as toys, foods, toiletries and warm clothing accessories such as hats and scarves.

Deputy headteacher Jo Hague said: “Pupils’ generosity has been incredible - the students want to do what they can to help others.”

Other participating schools include St Patricks Primary School, Elland, Brighouse High School and others.

Meanwhile Rotarians across the region have been busy distributing shoeboxes to schools and participating outlets across the region.

Rotarian Bryan Harkness, pictured delivering shoeboxes to Halifax’s Tesco, said: “Boxes are now coming in but we’re waiting for the avalanche of donations from schools to come in. Volunteers are ready and waiting to pack and distribute the parcels to charities to give to their clients in time for Christmas day.”

Voluntary Action for Calderdale’s Soo Nevison said they have received many orders from charities.

“What we now need to see is plenty of filled shoeboxes coming through the doors,” she said.

Community Foundation for Calderdale has funded the making of 2,700 shoeboxes.

Grant manager for CFFC Rob Billson said: “We have funded the shoeboxes for 2013 as last year’s appeal was so successful in reaching and making a difference to needy and hard-up people of Calderdale, that we decided to invest £1,000 in this year’s appeal.”