Calday Christmas Charities 2019
This year we are supporting two local charities, Tranmere Rovers Super White Christmas and Wirral Foodbank in the run up to Christmas.
Last year we collected over 350 toys and we’re hoping we can beat that this year. 1 in 4 children in the Merseyside area are living in poverty and many will wake up on Christmas day to no gifts or presents to open. We're asking you to buy an extra present that we can give to a disadvantaged local child to make their Christmas morning special.
In 2018, 15,278 emergency three-day food parcels were given to local people and there has been a 35% increase in Wirral Foodbank usage this year. Each form group is collecting items of food to make hampers to help local people in crisis.
How to donate
Tranmere Rovers Super White Christmas
We need new and unwrapped gifts suitable for children and young people aged 0-18 years. Gifts can be dropped off at the school Reception or students may take gifts to D35 or Reception. The deadline is the 16th December when Tranmere Rovers will collect them.
Donations can be made at the school Reception, or items of food can be brought in by students to their form room. The Wirral Foodbank have an advent calendar with ideas for food items that they desperately need. Christmas treats would also be welcome, such as selection boxes, mince pies, Christmas cake etc. The deadline for food donations is 2nd December.
Extract from the past…
It isn’t only in recent years that Calday has collected toys for our local community, as this extract from the school newspaper in July 1939 shows…
“Christmas, 1928 – The corner of a dingy street in the depths of Liverpool’s slum districts. It is bitterly cold, a group of lads, clustered together, listen to a lady who stands in their midst. They all carry suitcases. Presently they split up into twos and threes and disappear in different directions.
The scene is the interior of a mean apartment in the same district. There is a heap of dying coals in the grate. The man and wife sit alone; the children have just gone to bed. Christmas Eve – but no sign of festivities. No hope of festivities, of a Christmas dinner tomorrow, or of the chocolates, paper hats and crackers which are the usual symbols of the season. Not much of a Christmas. No toys even to fill the hopeful stockings hung at the foot of the bed. It was this which occupied the thoughts of the parents now. The children had always hung up their stockings on Christmas Eve confident that something, however small, would await them on the morrow. To-night there could be nothing at all.
Came a knock on the door.
Father seemed in some doubt about the call. His wife came to the rescue.
“What is it?” she asked the young fellow on the doorstep, who wore a mackintosh and carried a brown paper parcel under his arm. He held out to this astonished pair.
“For the children.”
“But who from?”
“Father Christmas” replied the youth, and made off up the street, not charioted, alas, on the reindeer sledge of Santa Claus, but on feet which had oft trodden a certain playground in a certain school some eight miles away.
It is a true story – one of the early incidents of what is known now as the Christmas Party. Members of the school, led by the wife of one of the staff, collected disused toys and distributed them to poor children. For in three of four years’ time about a hundred and fifty families were being touched by the same method. As the scope of the work grew, a hall was procured and the children were entertained there.”