Karl, who hails from Ashmore Park, made more than 270 appearances for his hometown club, has rallied behind the campaign which is helping individuals and families across the Black County and Staffordshire.
Donations have been flooding in for the appeal and we've been busy making deliveries to all of the charities being supported by this year's appeal.
They are Black Country Food Bank which has centres across Dudley, Sandwell and Walsall, The Well – Home of Wolverhampton Food Bank – the Good Shepherd Ministry based in Wolverhampton, The Haven, Wolverhampton and Cannock and District Food Bank.
Between now and December 14, we are collecting donations of food to provide families with Christmas treats they would otherwise not be able to afford, as well as supplying them with store cupboard essentials to keep them going through the festive season.
We are also collecting chocolate selection boxes for the Haven refuge in Wolverhampton which provides both practical and emotional support services to women and children who are affected by domestic violence and homelessness.
These can be dropped off at our offices in Queen Street and will be given to youngsters to help spread some much-needed Christmas cheer.
All of these good causes are helping individuals and families in need every day and have seen numbers needing support continue to rise.
Donations can be taken to the Express & Star head office in Queen Street, Wolverhampton, Waitrose in Marston Road, Wolverhampton, Morrisons in Bilston or Tesco in Heath Hayes are also taking donations.Waitrose Wolverhampton, Marston Road, Wolverhampton WV2 4NJ
Morrisons Bilston, Black Country Route, Bilston WV14 0DZ
Tesco Heath Hayes, Hawks Green District Centre, Hayes Way, Cannock WS12 3YY