NEAB Shoebox Success

Published: 9 January, 2021 - 1:26 pm

The New Earswick All Blacks Shoebox appeal for care homes has been deemed a success by everyone involved.

With a target of 57 shoeboxes, which would have seen every resident of Rowntree Lodge and Lime Tree House care homes receive a gift on Christmas Day, the New Earswick All Blacks managed to collect 82 shoeboxes for their appeal.

The Rugby League club would like to thank everyone for their generosity with plenty of players, coaches, volunteers and members donating towards the fund, as well as friends of the club with plenty of new faces from the surrounding areas dropping off a box. It was amazing to see so many people on drop off day and we cannot express our gratitude enough.

As well as smashing their shoebox target, there was also plenty of tinned food that had been donated and this was donated to the ‘Help Yourself Shelf’ initiative at New Earswick folk hall, for the residents of New Earswick. The extra 25 shoeboxes were donated to vulnerable and elderly people across the City of York area.

Kim Thompson of Limetree House commented
“We were eternally grateful for the shoe boxes. Every resident loved what they got and it made a massive difference to their day, especially for those who don’t have family or visitors so it meant they got a gift this year too. It was such an amazing and thoughtful thing to do. Thank you again.”

Baz Larner of Rowntree Lodge said:
“It was a total surprise to the residents and they were absolutely overjoyed. There were tears of joy and happiness, a huge thank you to every single person that donated, it made a real Christmas surprise.