The Rotary Christmas Shoebox appeal is underway and they are once agin asking people to give generously to those in need.
So far this year 1800 shoeboxes have been distributed to businesses, schools and supermarkets across Calderdale to be filled with Christmas gifts for disadvantaged children and adults.
The first 150 have been filled with gifts, food and toiletries and will be handed out throughout Calderdale, in the few days leading up to Christmas.
Children from St Chad’s Primary School have filled 105 boxes and each year group had a competition to see who could decorate the best.
Pupils from Barkisland Primary School have just launched their appeal this year and students are taking boxes home to fill with their parents.
Bryan Harkness, the appeal’s main organiser, said “It’s amazing that in each of the last three years we have been able to meet most of the requests for filled boxes for children, toiletries for men and women and food boxes. In past years the generosity of Calderdale residents has put a happy smile on many faces on Christmas Day.
“Those receiving the boxes will be the more vulnerable in our society. We need the good folk of Calderdale, to once again respond to this appeal.”
Staff at Lloyds Banking Group are again taking part in the appeal and hoping to fill as many shoeboxes as last year.
Rotarian Sherri Highley-Hammond said: “ Staff at Lloyds are now enthusiastically filling boxes for this fantastic local community appeal.”
Empty shoeboxes can be collected at a number of supermarkets in the area.
The supermarkets taking part this year are: Tesco at Brighouse, Halifax and Sowerby Bridge; Morrisons at Elland and Halifax; Asda Halifax; Sainsbury’s Halifax and Harveys of Halifax.
They need to be returned as soon as possible so they can be handed out during Christmas week.