Shoebox Appeal helping out the community

Shoebox Appeal helping out the community Image

Children from across Wolverhampton who may not be receiving much this Christmas will benefit from this year’s Shoebox Appeal organised by Wolves Foundation.

The Foundation are collecting new toys and gifts from individuals and businesses via the annual appeal which will then be distributed to several local charities.

The Good Shepherd, the Women & Families Resource Centre, the Haven, Jericho House and Strengthening Families Hubs will receive the completed shoeboxes to pass on to the young people across Wolverhampton who access their charities.

Strengthening Families Hubs are also passing on presents to children of refugees who are living in the city.

“This is the third year we have organised the Shoebox Appeal in its current form, and we are delighted to be increasing the number of charities that we are working with,” said Jade Sutton, senior health officer with Wolves Foundation.

“We have only been able to do this thanks to the fantastic support we receive from individuals and businesses throughout the city.

“We know that these are challenging times for a lot of people, but we are also seeing that there are still so many who are willing to do their bit to support the most vulnerable in our local communities.

“The charities we are working with engage with a lot of children who will be receiving nothing or very little this Christmas, and just receiving presents from the Shoebox Appeal can give them a real boost.

“On behalf of Wolves Foundation, and all the local charities, we would like to thank everyone who makes a contribution which will help put some smiles on children’s faces this Christmas.”

Local companies Lefroy Brooks and Bard & Brazier, pictured, have already kindly donated a fantastic 89 shoeboxes and items already featuring include games, teddy bears, gloves and hats.

Anyone who is able to put together a Shoebox containing gifts can drop them off at Wolfie’s Den, next to the Megastore, between 9am and 12noon on Saturday, December 17th.  These will then be delivered directly to the charities on the following Monday. Anyone unable to drop items off on that day is asked to email

Gifts are distributed for children from birth up to the age of 16, with supporters asked to label their box for either a boy or girl and mark the age range, ideally either 0-3, 3-5, 5-9, 9-12 or 13-16.  Donators are encouraged not to include second hand gifts, used or damaged items, anything sharp or fragile or CDs or DVDs.

Wolves Foundation are also extremely appreciative of support once again being received from the Sikh Toy Appeal.

Volunteers deliver presents to the Foundation which will be added to those received from the Shoebox Appeal and distributed to the charities to help spread some festive cheer this Christmas.

"Of course it’s so important to give back to the community and Wolverhampton as a whole. It's great to be here and to show our support."

Maximilian Kilman | Wolves Captain and Foundation Ambassador

"As a lifelong Wolves fan, to represent the Club and Foundation is something I'll cherish forever."

Daz James | Wolves Disability FC

"Without Wolves Foundation I wouldn't be here today, that's for certain."

John Martin | Head 4 Health participant

"It is amazing to be out there meeting people and having some fun. It is really important for Wolves to have this connection with the fans and to see the happiness in their faces."

Toti Gomes | Wolves Defender

"Savannah absolutely loves the group. The staff are committed to making every single session fun and welcoming."

Natasha | Healthy Goals parent

"It’s special because it's my club and I’m so proud to be from Wolves as well. I can see the projects and all the work Wolves Foundation are doing and I know it makes such an impact, so to even be a little part of that and to help out where I can – it's so exciting."

Amber Sandhu | Broadcaster and Foundation Ambassador

"It’s huge for the school, I can’t speak highly enough of Wolves Foundation and the opportunities that they give us."

Mr Robinson | Woodsetton School

“I think all football clubs should be the beating heart of their communities and Wolves, through the Foundation, manages to do that."

Johnny Phillips | Sky Sports Presenter and Foundation Ambassador

"We get loads of different opportunities with a Premier League club. I feel really privileged to be a part of it."

Mustafa | Football & Education College Academy student

"Frank has Alzheimer’s Disease and when he was first diagnosed we felt lost and alone. Attending Molineux Memories is a lifeline for both of us; it is run by friendly, committed staff who ensure that everyone is included and enjoys themselves."

Frank and Alison | Molineux Memories

"To come here and be hands on with the kids is unreal. Working with Wolves and the Foundation is a blessing and I'm honoured. It feels surreal sometimes but it's the best feeling."

S-X | Music Producer and Foundation Ambassador

"It's good to give back what you got. Football and the Wolves Foundation help me, so I like to help the community."

Taye | Premier League Kicks

"Wolves is a fantastic football club, and they’re excelling off the pitch as well with all the brilliant community work that the Foundation does. The passion of the coaches and the opportunities to play are amazing."

Jack Rutter | Former Great Britain Paralympian and Foundation Ambassador

"Wolves has definitely helped my personal development, but now also helps me to develop people I work with. I wouldn’t be where I am today without the opportunities Wolves Foundation have given me."

Carl Ackasovs | Wolves Foundation

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