Shoeboxes full of Christmas love from Calderdale children

Hebden Royd School, Hebden Bridge take part in the Rotary Club Shoebox Appeal. Eight-year-old Denis Hopley.
Hebden Royd School, Hebden Bridge take part in the Rotary Club Shoebox Appeal. Eight-year-old Denis Hopley.
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SCHOOL pupils across Calderdale have given their backing – and their toys – to help needy children in Europe.

Hundreds of pupils have signed up to pack a shoebox as part of the Rotary campaign – which we here at the Courier are also backing.

Pupils from St Patrick’s School in Elland have managed to fill more than 80 Shoe Boxes with Christmas gifts.

The gift of a shoebox contains toys, toiletries, educational items or household goods. For many, it will be the first present that they have ever received and it lets them know that somebody, somewhere cares.

Other schools who have got involved include Bowling Green in Stainland and Hebden Royd Primary.

Blake Terrance Stanley Fisher – along with some help – has packed a shoebox to send to needy children in Central and Eastern Europe. Older brother Ethan George Wilson, eight, a pupil at Ling Bob School, has also packed a box, full of toys.

“They’re going to people who don’t have any toys. We’ll be able to think of them at Christmas because Santa Claus doesn’t come for them so we have made these boxes,” he said.

l It’s not too late to get involved in the Courier and Rotary Shoebox Appeal - pick up a shoebox from one of the collection points on the facing page and return it as soon as you can