Your shoebox gifts will make a real difference

The Rotary Club of Hebden Bridge Shoebox stall in St George's Square
The Rotary Club of Hebden Bridge Shoebox stall in St George's Square

THE Rotary Clubs of Hebden Bridge and Todmorden Christmas Shoebox Appeal is up and running and local people have the next three weeks in which to fill and return shoeboxes so that they can be delivered to desperately under-privileged children in time for Christmas.

Rotary Clubs across Calderdale have teamed up with the Halifax Courier group of papers to try and bring some much needed cheer to desperately poor people in eastern Europe.

Last Saturday Hebden Bridge members set up their stall in St George’s Square, Hebden Bridge, where shoppers could collect a shoebox and learn all about this internationally recognised scheme which has been sending aid internationally for many years.

President of Hebden Bridge Rotary Club, Roger Benn, said: “The gift of a shoebox containing simple gifts of toys, educational items or small household goods such as hand soap, toothpaste, envelopes, paper and pens etc will bring joy and happiness to children and young people in such countries as Romania, Moldova, Ukraine, Bulgaria and other parts of eastern Europe who live in a world of real poverty.

“For many it will be the first present they have ever received and it lets them know that someone, somewhere cares.”

International service chairman for Todmorden Rotary Club, David Storah, said: “We want to encourage as many people as possible to take part in this scheme to bring much needed presents to under-privileged children throughout Europe at this special time of year when they look forward to receiving gifts.”

Rotary Clubs across Calderdale, working with the help and support of the Courier group, hope to make this the best ever Christmas for these poor children.

Hebden Bridge Rotary Club will again have its stall in St George’s Square on Saturday (October 29) from 10am to 3.30pm where people can collect a shoebox and return filled ones.

In addition boxes can be picked up and returned (during office hours) at the Pot Stop, 3 Carlton Street, Hebden Bridge.

In Todmorden the collection points are Storah Architecture, 46, Halifax Road, Todmorden, and Jayne Brearley and Co, Solicitors, 2 White Hart Fold, Todmorden.

A shoebox could make a huge difference to the life of a desperately poor child this Christmas.