Urgent appeal for shoeboxes to help elderly and isolated people in Sheffield

Freddie Hawley, aged eight, and Jackson Markham, three, with shoeboxes collected last year
Freddie Hawley, aged eight, and Jackson Markham, three, with shoeboxes collected last year

An urgent festive appeal has been issued to people across South Yorkshire for donations to help isolated members of the community.

The Homeless Christmas Shoebox Appeal was started in Sheffield in 2013 by good samaritan Kelly Hawley.

Homeless Shoe Box Appeal

Homeless Shoe Box Appeal

The 33-year-old, from Parson Cross, has extended the appeal after teaming up with Gloria Stewart, whose founded the Home Alone At Christmas event which organises Christmas lunches for lonely, elderly people.

Kelly said: “My inspiration for the appeal for the lady, Winnie Blagden, which asked people to send her a birthday card.

“These are people who would ordinarily be alone at Christmas and gifts would be very lifted.

“The number of people who will be attending is around 500 and I have pledged shoeboxes for them.”

Decorated boxes can contain hats, scarves, gloves, socks, toiletries, chocolates, luxury tinned foods and biscuits, as well as a Christmas card.

Other shoeboxes are also needed to help the homeless.

For drop-off locations visit the Homeless Shoebox Appeal page on Facebook, or leave them at the Big Yellow Self Storage, on Penistone Road, Sheffield until December 4.

Kelly is also appealing for donations of warm clothing for her Winter Warmer event.

Donations, sent by November 7, will be given to the Bens Centre.