Filled shoeboxes are flooding in...!

Pupils from St Mary's CE School, Sowerby Bridge, with Bryan Harkness, of Halifax Rotary
Pupils from St Mary's CE School, Sowerby Bridge, with Bryan Harkness, of Halifax Rotary

Gift-filled shoeboxes are being returned thick and fast to brighten up Christmas for those in need across Calderdale.

The Courier and Rotary Christmas Shoebox Appeal is on target to smash through last year’s shoebox total of 1,700.

About 4,000 shoeboxes have been distributed across schools, supermarkets and stores since the appeal began.

Bryan Harkness, president of Rotary Club of Halifax said: “Boxes are now flooding back with stores, supermarkets and schools making daily requests for Rotarian drivers to call and fill the boots of their cars.”

This year’s appeal will donate boxes to organisations and charities including the Women’s Centre, Basement Project, Calderdale SmartMove, St George’s Youth Project in Lee Mount, St Augustine’s Centre, Halifax, the Salvation Army and Overgate Hospice. Mr Harkness added: “There’s no exact final date for their return is necessary. The sooner back the better but if you drop back off at an outlet even on 21st December the box will be found ‘a home’ by Christmas Day.”

There’s still time to drop off your shoeboxes at outlets across the area:

In Halifax: The Courier, King Cross Street; Harveys Cook Shop; Tesco, King Cross; Sainsbury’s, Wade Street; Asda, Thrum Hall Lane.

Brighouse: Tesco

Elland: Co-operative

Sowerby Bridge: Tesco

Hebden Bridge: Co-operative, Market Street

Todmorden: Morrisons