Your boxes of love made these gorgeous smiles

Pictures from the Courier shoebox appeal arriving in Eastern Europe
Pictures from the Courier shoebox appeal arriving in Eastern Europe

YOU packed them, and we shipped them - now we can show you the smiles your Christmas gifts brought to children in Eastern Europe.

We were gobsmacked with your generosity when we ran the first Halifax Courier and Rotary shoebox appeal and saw hundreds of you offer your support to needy children in Europe.

Pictures from the Courier shoebox appeal arriving in Eastern Europe

Pictures from the Courier shoebox appeal arriving in Eastern Europe

Schools, businesses and families got behind the campaign and you packed up 1,800 boxes packed for either children or families.

Businesses acted as drop-off points before the shoeboxes were delivered and packed up at a warehouse in Exley before beginning their long journey across Europe.

Rotary members then took the boxes. Our delivery of boxes was taken to villages outside of Iasi in north east Romania and over the border into Moldova.

Courier Editor Tim Robinson said the response was “phenomenal” and organiser Bryan Harkness said: “In these times of some hardship at home, it is humbling that so many of you have the capacity and willingness to help others in countries many hundreds of miles away.

Pictures from the Courier shoebox appeal arriving in Eastern Europe

Pictures from the Courier shoebox appeal arriving in Eastern Europe

“We, the British people, have always been ready to dip into our pockets in an almost spontaneous way to respond to the plights of those less fortunate than ourselves and on their behalf Rotary says thank you.”

Another shipment of boxes from the UK will be sent to Europe at the end of March to deliver more gifts in time for Easter.