Fill shoeboxes for our young people in need

Lorna Butterick and with Project Challenge at Dean Clough, Halifax.
Lorna Butterick and with Project Challenge at Dean Clough, Halifax.

Charities and organisations across Calderdale are set to benefit from this year’s Shoebox Appeal - but they need YOU to fill them in time for Christmas.

The Rotary Clubs in Calderdale and the Courier have luanched the Shoebox Christmas Appeal 2012, with Voluntary Action Calderdale, to help those in need locally.

Project Challenge is one of those who will be receiving some of the shoeboxes this Christmas. The charity provides intensive training to disaffected young people aged 16 to 19, combining classroom learning with tough physical challenges.

Lorna Butterick, business manager at Project Challenge, explained why the boxes will brighten up some young people’s lives this Christmas.

She said : “We work with people from all different walks of life. Some of the young people come from quite low income families or families.

“For young people living independently on benefits, there’s not a lot of money. It’s difficult, because perhaps in other circumstance they would probably be in employment but for the state of the economy.

“You hope everyone gets something from someone for Christmas but if you’re a low-income family it might be very little that you get. We’d like to say a big thank you to anyone who’s thinking about doing it - you are helping out young people from Calderdale.

“Just think about a bit of luxury that a young person might benefit from. Even just having a nice shower gel as opposed to a bar of soap. If they’re not having to spend their own money on toiletries, they can spend it on food. Maybe a pair of gloves or a scarf to keep someone warm. It would all benefit.”

** 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.

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

Filled boxes can be returned by the end of November.