The time of year has come for generous people across Calderdale to give the gift of happiness to those in need this Christmas.
The Courier has teamed up with the Rotary Clubs of Calderdale for the Shoebox Christmas Appeal 2012 to bring some seasonal cheer to children, families and vulnerable people in Calderdale.
Last year, people across Calderdale filled more than 1,700 shoeboxes with presents to send to desperately poor people across eastern Europe.
This year, the appeal aims to help those closer to home - in Calderdale.
Bryan Harkness, president of The Rotary Club of Halifax, said: “The support we had last year was fantastic. When some returned their boxes, they suggested there may be children, young adults an dolder people in Calderdale who might welcome a gift at Christmas, with these diffficult economic times.
“We listened and in spring this year we sat down with Voluntary Action Calderdale (VAC) to find how just how many people there are in need in Calderdale.”
It emerged that VAC have more than 700 charities and causes on their database for Calderdale - and The 2012 Rotary in Calderdale Community Shoebox Appeal was launched.
Soo Nevison, of VAC, said: “We’re very pleased to be supporting the shoebox appeal this year.
“The boxes will be given out to families and individuals in need in Calderdale.
“We’re already working very closely with local charities to identify recipients and to ensure that the right shoebox gets to the right person.”
Some of the organisations already identified include: the Women’s Centre, drug and alcohol recovery programme the Basement Project, homeless charity Calderdale Smartmove, St George’s Youth Project in Lee Mount, St Augustine’s Centre, Halifax, and Overgate Hospice.
The Courier will be featuring snapshots of each cause in the Courier over the coming weeks. Other charities who feel they would benefit can contact Soo on 01422 438728.
How to get involved:
The eight week appeal beings today.
To take part, visit the Courier office on King Cross Street - or one of the outlets across Calderdale - to donate £1 and pick up one of the flat-pack boxes, which have been funded by the Community Foundation for Calderdale’s Gartland Family Trust fund.
There are three alternative fillings - children’s toys, toiletries and food. A large number will go to older children and adults, so have a think of alternatives to just toys.
Interested schools who want to take part can contact Rotarian Bryan on 07770 471698 to arrange a supply to be dropped off.
Filled boxes can be returned to any of the outlets by the end of November.
Where to pick up/drop off your shoeboxes:
Halifax: The Courier, King Cross Street; Harveys of Halifax ‘Cook Shop, Tesco at King Cross, Sainsbury’s on Wade Street;
Sowerby Bridge: Tesco
Hebden Bridge: Co-operative