MP Jonathan Reynolds has backed an appeal to send festive gifts to children in some of the poorest parts of the world.
Since 1990, Operation Christmas Child has asked people to fill shoeboxes with small gifts for children, between the ages of two and 11 and then shipped the brightly-wrapped shoeboxes to disadvantaged youngsters in eastern Europe, Asia and Africa.
Last year the charity - which is backed locally by the Tameside Reporter - collected more than one million boxes nationally.
And this week the Stalybridge and Hyde MP Mr Reynolds dropped off two boxes of gifts, filled with crayons, colouring books, a hat and scarf and small toys, as part of the appeal.
"Christmas is a special time – especially for children," said Mr Reynolds, who is father of two.
"As parents we do everything we can to make sure our children experience the magic and joy of this festive time.
"Yet at this time of year it’s important to think about those who don’t have the advantages that we have ourselves– either in the UK or overseas.
"For 22 years Operation Christmas Child has been delivering small gifts to youngsters in some of the most disadvantaged areas of the world.
"With the support of the Tameside Reporter, it has been backed by hundreds of people across our community – and I am delighted to have been able to contribute again this year.
"Operation Christmas Child shows how small actions can make a big difference when we all act together. And I hope it continues to go from strength to strength in the future."
Operation Christmas Child 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 around the world. In the past 22 years it has delivered 94 million shoeboxes to youngsters in 100 countries.
More nformation about Operation Christmas Child can be found at www.operationchristmaschild.org.uk/
Jonathan Reynolds is pictured with Nigel Skinner, editor of the Tameside Reporter.
Published 3 December, 2012.