Urgent appeal for homeless shoeboxes across Sheffield and South Yorkshire

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An urgent appeal has been issued to people across Sheffield and South Yorkshire asking for donations of shoeboxes to help the homeless.

The Homeless Christmas Shoebox Appeal was started up in Sheffield last year by good samaritan Kelly Hawley, aged 32.

It asks those who have a roof over their heads at Christmas to put together a help box for those who aren’t so fortunate.

Boxes include items like gloves, socks, toothpaste, deodorants, razors, shower gel, shampoo and small items of food.

The appeal has now branched out across the region, with separate Facebook pages for Sheffield, Rotherham, Barnsley, Doncaster and Chesterfield.

Kelly said: “We are finding a lot of parents are getting their kids involved because they want them to know that, yes, Father Christmas is coming, but a lot of people don’t get presents.

“We had feedback from people who got boxes last year who said it’s really important for them. Because for people who are socially isolated, it’s a difficult time of year, especially for people who are having to turn to using foodbanks.

“You see people who have lost their job, and then lost their home. It can happen to anybody so it’s important for them to feel included, especially at Christmas.

“My worry at the moment is that we are not going to get enough boxes.”

The Star’s receptionists have put together boxes and the reception in Campo Lane will be a drop-off point.

Other drop-off points in Sheffield include: The Salvation Army, Charter Row, Tesco in West Street, Broomhill Surgery in Broomhill, Big Yellow Storage Box in Penistone Road, Hillsborough and Direct Cars in Eckington Way, Halfway.