Fans who wish to help children who might otherwise receive very little this Christmas can donate gifts at this Sunday’s Premier League game with Chelsea thanks to the return of Wolves Foundation’s Shoebox Appeal.
Supporters can put together a box of toys and gifts which will then be distributed by Wolves Foundation to several charities to support families and put smiles on faces on the big day.
Also this year shoeboxes will be passed on to children from refugee families who have gone through hugely difficult times and arrived in Wolverhampton with nothing.
This year’s campaign is also being supported by the His Church charity, which has linked up with the Foundation on the Feed Our Pack project to help alleviate food poverty in Wolverhampton and have now also donated a supply of toys to be passed on this Christmas.
“Feed Our Pack was set up with the main ambition of supporting foodbanks, putting on holiday activities for schoolchildren and providing food parcels, all to help people who have been adversely affected by the pandemic,” says Ollie Locker, food poverty project manager at Wolves Foundation.
“But there have also been other strands to the project, including providing digital equipment for young people, clothing, and now, thanks to the Shoebox appeal and donations from His Church, Christmas presents as well.
“The support we continue to receive from Wolves fans who have come forward to raise funds, or donate food on matchdays, has been fantastic.
“With the Christmas Shoebox appeal there is now the opportunity to help children and families for whom this might be a difficult time of year, having a really positive impact on their Christmas and showing them that there are people out there who really care.”
As well as to refugees via the City of Wolverhampton Council and Refugee & Migrant Centre, the shoeboxes will be distributed to those in need within the city via the Good Shepherd charity and Women and Families Resource Centre.
Those donating are asked to mark their boxes for either a boy or girl and there are some suggested gifts for the shoeboxes as below:
- 0 to 3-year-olds: dolls, teddy bears, baby clothes, bath toys, puzzles, small toys, finger puppets.
- 3 to 5-year-olds: Dolls and action figures, cars, colouring sets, books, puzzles.
- 5 to 9-year-olds: Educational games and toys, stationery (colouring sets, pencils, crayons, school sets), books, puzzles.
- 9 to 12-year-olds: Games and toys, stationery, books, t-shirts, hair accessories, gloves, scarves, hats.
- 13 to 16-year-olds: Books, toiletries (please try to ensure non-allergic ingredients if possible), gloves, scarves, hats, t-shirts, hair accessories.
For fans attending Sunday’s game with Chelsea, shoeboxes can be dropped at the Foundation’s Feed Our Pack facility on the Energy Angels Fan Park from 11.30am up until the 2pm kick-off.
Alternatively, if this is not possible, fans can contact the Foundation to arrange another suitable date to drop off a shoebox by emailing email@example.com