Huge support for appeal

Youngsters who took part in Caldedale Council's National Citizen Service pledged their support to the Rotary Shoebox Appeal 2014

Youngsters who took part in Caldedale Council's National Citizen Service pledged their support to the Rotary Shoebox Appeal 2014

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A bunch of Calderdale youngsters who took part in a personal and social development programme showed they care about less fortunate local people by filling boxes with gifts of love - in this year’s Shoebox Appeal.

A group of ten National Citizen Service volunteers, aged 16-17, demonstrated the spirit of Christmas by filling 28 shoeboxes with toys, clothing accessories, food and other goods suitable for local children, teenagers and adults, with the money they raised.

Teenagers fundraised by holding a concert, Mexican night and family fun day at course provider centre - Mixenden Activity Centre, Mixenden, Halifax.

At the group’s Shay Stadium, Halifax, graduation, teenagers handed over their donations to Shoebox Appeal leader Rotarian Bryan Harkness.

“A great deal of hard work was put in by these students and their generous spirit in thinking of others is especially heart warming,” said Bryan.

National Citizen Service cohort leader, Tom Jennings, said: “The group decided they wanted to support a local charity that helps people in their communities- the Shoebox Appeal was especially close to all their hearts.”

This year has seen a huge community effort to make a difference to Calderdale’s disadvantaged - including families living on the poverty line, orphaned children, homeless men and women and others less fortunate.

The appeal has witnessed unprecedented support from local business, voluntary, sporting, school and education communities as well as individual support.

Now, Rotary of Calderdale is appealing to all those people who have collected a shoebox from their local supermarket and not yet returned it to do so by December 19 - at the latest.

“It’s critical we get them back so the helpers at Voluntary Action for Calderdale and Rotarty can get them distributed to the people who need them the most in the run up to Christmas day.

“Anyone who has collected a shoebox from a supermarket please get them back as we urgently need them,” said Bryan.

Local benefiting charities include Noah’s Ark, Basement Project, SmartMove and many others who have clients in need of some extra love from their community, this year.