THE time has come for generous people across Calderdale to give the gift of happiness to those in need this Christmas.
Rotary clubs across the district, including Brighouse Rotary Club, have teamed up with the Halifax Courier in the Shoebox Appeal 2012 to bring some seasonal cheer to families, children and vulnerable people in Calderdale.
Last year people across Calderdale filled more than 1,700 shoeboxes packed with gifts to those in need in eastern Europe. This year the aim is to help people closer to home and to fill shoeboxes with toys, toiletries and food items.
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 and older people in Calderdale who might welcome a gift at Christmas with these difficult economic times.
“We listened and in spring this year we sat down with Voluntary Action Calderdale (VAC) to find out just how many people there are in need in Calderdale.”
Tesco in Brighouse is one of the stores in Calderdale that is acting as a pick-up and drop-off point for the flat-pack boxes and Judith Poole, president of Brighouse Rotary Club, has delivered shoeboxes to some local schools. Filled boxes should be returned by the end of November.
The flat-pack boxes have been funded by the Community Foundation for Calderdale’s Gartland Family Trust fund. Schools who want to take part should contact Bryan on 07770 471698.