As the countdown to Christmas begins, MP Jonathan Reynolds has taken time to send a little festive cheer to a struggling corner of the world.
Father-of-two Mr Reynolds has filled shoeboxes full of gifts and toys as part of the annual Operation Christmas Child.
As part of the appeal well-wishers fill the boxes with sweets, toys, games and other goodies. Then the boxes are transported and distributed amongst disadvantaged children in eastern Europe, central Asia and Africa.
The appeal began back in 1990 when a father from Wales was so touched by the plight of abandoned children in Romania he collected items to take out there.
Now the appeal - run with the support of Samaritan’s Purse – distributes the boxes to disadvantaged children in 14 different countries.
Last year in the UK alone 1.12 million shoe boxes were filled by an estimated 500,000 people.
Mr Reynolds – who compiled one box for a girl and one for a boy – said: “Christmas is an important time for spending time with our families – and those of us who are parents know just how excited children are when they open their presents on Christmas morning.
“Sending presents around the world through the shoebox appeal spreads that same joy to some of the most disadvantaged corners of the world.
“I am delighted to back the appeal this year and I hope it continues to go from strength to strength.
“Of course Operation Christmas Child its roots in the determined actions of one man – and I hope that his vision and determination to help others act as an inspiration to us all at this time.”
Mr Reynolds delivered the completed shoeboxes to staff at the Tameside Reporter, who have been supporting the appeal again this year.
Mr Reynolds said: “The staff at the Tameside Reporter plays a vital role in publicising this appeal at this time of year. They know how worthwhile this appeal is and they play an important role in its success in this part of the world.”
The closing date for the donation of shoe boxes to Operation Christmas Child was Friday 18 November.