Record-breaking Christmas shoebox campaign!

Organisation who handed out "Shoeboxes" over Christmas.

Organisation who handed out "Shoeboxes" over Christmas.

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Kind-hearted folk across Calderdale filled more than 2,000 shoeboxes to brighten up Christmas for those in need in Calderdale.

The Courier and Rotary in Calderdale 2012 Shoebox Scheme smashed previous targets for shoeboxes, with 2,076 handed out to agencies and organisations who help those in need.

Organisers have praised the generosity of people in Calderdale who crammed shoeboxes full of goods such as food, toys and toiletries.

Olwen Edwards, of Rotary Club of Sowerby Bridge, said: “Isn’t it amazing what a community can do, working together to use resources and talent that already exists within it?

“The success has been beyond what we hoped for. Well over 2,000 people of all ages in Calderdale have received a box.”

Pupils and staff at 18 schools across Calderdale helped fill the boxes as well as local supermarkets and businesses.

The campaign was also boosted by generous companies such as McVitie’s, which donated two pallet loads of food and Ye Olde Oak Foods Ltd, which donated 2,340 tins of beef bolognese.

Olwen added: “A huge heartfelt thank you to the thousands of people of every age who helped to make the Rotary in Calderdale 2012 Shoebox scheme with the Courier such a resounding success.”

Organisers thanked the Community Foundation for Calderdale for their help in funding the scheme, and Voluntary Action Calderdale, who helped determine the organisations to receive shoeboxes.

Soo Nevison, chief officer at Voluntary Action Calderdale, said: “It has been a great privilege to support the work of Rotary in Calderdale over the past few months.

“I have heard some lovely stories about how these gifts have made a great difference to the lives of many people over Christmas. Special thanks at VAC go to Tony Mosses for volunteering his time to make this project work so smoothly.”

There are shoeboxes still to be returned – but it’s still not too late.

Olwen added: “Anyone who still has a full shoebox can drop it off at the Courier’s office in Halifax, and it will be found a good home.”