Castleford Tigers backing Christmas shoebox appeal

Castleford Tigers star Jake Webster helps to fill a shoebox with Tigers shirts.
Castleford Tigers star Jake Webster helps to fill a shoebox with Tigers shirts.

Castleford Tigers are set to help to make a difference to the life of a child in need by taking part in the world’s largest Christmas shoebox appeal, Operation Christmas Child.

Tigers stars will be making appearances at Five Towns Christian Fellowship’s annual craft fair on Saturday, November 30, which is part of the ‘Drop Off Weekend’ where people can bring their filled boxes which will be transported to needy children in Kyrgyzstan and the Ukraine.

The Tigers have also donated replica shirts to help fill some of the shoeboxes.

Earlier this year a team of volunteers from the Five Towns Christian Fellowship collected 700 empty shoeboxes before wrapping them with Christmas paper with the help of community groups and Half Acres Primary School.

These were then given to local schools and churches so that they could be filled before sending them from a warehouse in Sherburn-in-Elmet in December.

This year the Saturday of the ‘Drop Off Weekend’ will be combined with the craft fair held at Five Towns Christian Fellowship, on Beancroft Street, Castleford where Tigers stars will be mixing with the crowd as they browse the gift stalls, which include jewellery, water colours, handmade cards, interior accessories, stocking fillers and more. All the proceeds generated will be donated to Operation Christmas Child.

The ‘Drop Off Weekend’ starts on Friday, November 29 when Half Acres School will bring some filled boxes and Wakefield District Housing will also attend, followed by the craft fair before finishing at the Fellowship’s Sunday worship on December 1.

Anyone wishing to donate should bring a filled and wrapped shoebox to Five Towns Christian Fellowship, Beancroft Street, Half Acres, Castleford, WF10 5RR, between 11am-3pm over the ‘Drop Off Weekend’.

For more information on items to include in your shoebox, visit www.samaritans-purse.org.uk