Make a special gift at Christmas

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Hebden Bridge Rotary Club has launched its Christmas Shoebox Appeal 2015.

Following hundreds of generous donations last year the club is asking people to give generously to those in need.

So far this year 640 shoeboxes have been distributed to 14 schools, with a further 520 handed out by Rotarians to businesses and individuals.

Graham Cobham of Hebden Bridge Rotary said: “Over the last few years a number of schools, businesses and individuals in the Calder Valley have joined forces with Hebden Bridge Rotary Club to send small gifts at Christmas time to needy children and families living in poverty across Eastern Europe.

“For many, it will be the first present that they have ever received and it lets them know that somebody, somewhere cares. The gift of a shoebox that contains toys, toiletries, educational items or household goods is a drop of happiness to the people and children of Eastern Europe who live in a world of poverty.”

Hebden Bridge Rotary Club aims to support the communities in the Calder Valley and other UK projects, whilst maintaining its commitment to support Rotary Foundation and numerous other overseas aid projects. They have distributed over £44,000 of grant support to numerous worthy causes in the last financial year alone. Empty shoeboxes can be collected at Hebden Bridge Visitor Centre, The Travel Centre on Burnley Road, Mytholmroyd and Riverside Cafe, New Road, Mytholmroyd. Shoeboxes should then be dropped off at these locations before Saturday, November 21.

The Rotary Club ask that a £1 donation be taped to each box as a contribution towards the cost of production and transport of the shoeboxes to Eastern Europe.

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