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Fax stars have shown they have a heart both on and off the pitch in their festive pledge to make Christmas better for Calderdale’s disadvantaged children and adults.

Halifax RLFC is supporting the Rotary Shoebox Appeal - supported by the Courier and Voluntary Action for Calderdale - which distributes thousands of parcels filled with gifts to some of the region’s most vulnerable children, teenagers, adults and elderly members.

This year has seen an unprecedented amount of corporate response to the appeal.

The Rugby League team is the latest supporter.

Halifax RLFC got onboard after attending a Halifax business networking event where Halifax Rotary President Ian Firth encouraged corporate support of the 2014 appeal.

Rotary organiser Bryan Harkness, said: “The level of corporate support has been fantastic and the response from this sector has been far greater than individual support, this year.

“There’s still time for people to collect a shoebox and help deliver love this Christmas.”

Amid economic hardship, the public has shown overwhelming support to the appeal. This year’s campaign has received such a phenomenal response from businesses, schools, organisations and individuals that Rotary Shoebox organiser Bryan has ordered an additional 1,000 boxes for the public to fill with toys, games, foods, warm winter clothing accessories, etc. ideal for a child or adult of a certain age and gender.

Some 3,7000 boxes could be filled with your support. Collect yours from Halifax: Tesco, King Cross; Asda; Harveys; Morrisons; Sainsbury’s. Brighouse: Tesco. Elland: Morrisons. Return by December 12.