A COMMUNITY effort for needy children has achieved more than double its target.
Meltham Churches Together organised a shoe box collection for Operation Christmas Child.
And such was the enthusiasm of volunteers within the village that 1,030 boxes were collected.
Co-ordinator Judith Powell said: "It was wonderful. We set a target of 500 boxes and we never expected to fill so many. Everyone worked very hard."
It is the first year that Meltham Churches Together has acted as a collection point for the area.
The group includes seven Christian churches in the Meltham area who have worked together on the appeal and may repeat the effort next year.