Seamus Coleman and Brendan Galloway spread some BlueCrimbo cheer to local children at a very special Christmas party last week.
The Blues’ full-backs were on hand at the event, organised by Everton in the Community in association with the Everton Fans’ Forum, to deliver boxes of gifts to local children and kids in care as part of the Club’s BlueCrimbo Blue Box Appeal.
Over 50 young people attended the party which offered the young guests the chance to play in a safe environment, take part in games, arts and crafts and enjoy a hot meal, which was provided by Club partner Sodexo.
Everton’s Blue Santa also made appearances handing out the boxes filled with gifts kindly donated by Everton supporters, and the Club’s main partner Chang, as part of the Blue Box Appeal with some help from Coleman and Galloway.
Coleman said: “It was great to be here - the Club and Community do some great things that are always nice to be a part of. It was a pleasure to meet the children and young people, hand over some presents and generally get involved in the party!”
Among those also who received a Blue Box to brighten up their Christmas were participants from Everton in the Community’s Breathing Space programme, which works with 14 to 19-year-olds who are in - or are at risk of entering - the care system.
Ed Parker, Breathing Space Youth Engagement Worker for EitC, said: “It has been such a fantastic event and I would like to thank the Everton Fans’ Forum for helping to organise the party and bringing so much joy to the young people who attended.
“Every child left the party with a smile on their face and I would like to thank every supporter who donated to the Blue Box Appeal and helped make Christmas even more special for our participants.”
The Club’s BlueCrimbo Blue Box Appeal has provided not only looked-after children in Liverpool with a much-needed boost this Christmas, but has also supported 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.