EVERTON has launched a charity appeal to ensure everyone across Merseyside has a truly BlueCrimbo this year. The Club’s BlueCrimbo campaign is back for 2015 and this year includes a Blue Box Appeal to support some of the most vulnerable and underprivileged members of the community. The Blues are asking Evertonians to get behind the BlueCrimbo Blue Box Appeal by simply filling a shoebox with essential items which will help someone in need have a happier Christmas this year. Through the Club’s official charity, Everton in the Community, the Blues are looking to deliver the donated boxes to underprivileged children and children in care, low income families, homeless people, the elderly and individuals who often have to make a choice between buying food or paying bills at Christmas time – buying presents is not a priority. Everton Captain Phil Jagielka said: “I’d like to encourage as many people as possible to get behind our Blue Box Appeal and do their bit to help their fellow neighbours have a BlueCrimbo this year. It doesn’t cost much to get involved and your support will go a long way in bringing some festive cheer to those in need this December in Liverpool.” During the course of the BlueCrimbo campaign, which runs from 1 December to 24 December, Everton will be highlighting some of the vital programmes delivered by Everton in the Community that will benefit from the BlueCrimbo Blue Box Appeal. It is believed that around 13 million people live below the poverty line in the UK – with Merseyside being the food bank capital of Britain. From April 2014 to March 2015 more than 60,000 people were provided with three days of emergency food by The Trussell Trust’s food banks, a figure expected to rise for the year March 2016 as food bank usage numbers reach a record high. As well as those people in need of food banks, there are an estimated four million Brits who spent Christmas alone in 2014. In fact, 10 percent of the entire population of the UK aged 65 or over spent the festive period last year on their own due to poor health, loss of mobility, low income or fear of crime. To help the Club improve someone’s Christmas this year, you can get involved with the BlueCrimbo Blue Box Appeal by filling a shoebox with essential items and drop it off at one of the collection points for it to be distributed ahead of Christmas Day. You can also support the Appeal by nominating someone you know to receive a Blue Box from Everton Football Club and its official charity by visiting evertonfc.com/blueboxappeal How can you get involved? Simply wrap an old shoebox in Christmas wrapping paper and fill it with items suitable for a child, family and/or the elderly such as games, toiletries, stationary items, sweets, hats, scarves or soft toys. Then, simply print out the form available at evertonfc.com/blueboxappeal and state who your box is suitable for. If you would like to back the BlueCrimbo Blue Box Appeal but are not able to fill a Blue Box then you can still donate individual items by dropping them off at our collection points. All donated items will be used to make up additional boxes to help even more people this Christmas. Do not include any used or damaged items, alcohol, sharp objects, medicines, anything of a political, racial or religious nature and war related items such as toy guns, play soldiers or knives. For security reasons all boxes will be checked upon receipt. You are asked to wrap and seal whole box so the lid can be removed. Collection Points Everton One. Everton Free School, Monday-Friday 9am-4pm. Matchday Hub v Crystal Palace – Monday 7 December. Matchday Hub v Leicester City – Saturday 19 December. Fan Zone v Leicester City – Saturday 19 December.