Please pack a shoebox this Christmas - watch how to do it

Hundreds of shoeboxes have been packed with gifts already in the Courier and Rotary Christmas Appeal 2012.

But we’ve many more that need filling to give the gift of happiness to those in need across the area.

Bryan Harkness

Bryan Harkness

This year’s campaign, organised in conjunction with Voluntary Action Calderdale, will be sharing the shoeboxes out among charities and organisations helping people in Calderdale.

There have been 4,000 shoeboxes distributed across schools, supermarkets and stores ready for filling in time for the festive season.

Organisers estimate about 500 have so far been filled and returned and kind-hearted pupils at 14 primary schools across the area have pledged to pack 1,400 boxes.

Bryan Harkness, president of The Rotary Club of Halifax, (in the video above) said: “We’re looking to double our target from last year, which was 1,700.

“So we’re looking to fill at least 3,500 boxes, but we’ve identified that we could deliver some 5,000 boxes across Calderdale to people in need.

“The school take-up this year has been superb. They’re going to fill with children’s toys primarily, so I think we are looking for the public to fill boxes with toiletries or food at this stage.

“The take-up has been slower in the supermarkets so far and stores, so please pick up a box.

Organisations and charities ready to benefit from the boxes include the Women’s Centre, drug and alcohol recovery programme the Basement Project, homeless charity Calderdale SmartMove, St George’s Youth Project in Lee Mount, St Augustine’s Centre, Halifax, and Overgate Hospice.

Mr Harkness added: “Without these shoeboxes, there are people in Calderdale who won’t expect to have such a very exciting Christmas.

“Let’s put some sparkle in their lives.”

To take part in the appeal, pick up your shoebox from one of the outlets across Calderdale, donate £1 and fill it with gifts.

There are three alternative fillings - children’s toys, toiletries and food. Organisers say at the moment they are particularly short of men’s toiletries.

Outlets to pick up - and drop off - shoeboxes are listed below:

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

Details of what to put in the box are printed on the inside flap.

Filled boxes can be returned by the end of November.