AS the countdown to Christmas begins, Monmouth MP David Davies has taken time to spread festive cheer to a disadvantaged corner of the world.
Mr Davies and his staff have wrapped and filled a shoebox full of gifts, sweets and toys which will be sent overseas to underprivileged children as part of Operation Christmas Child.
Spearheaded by the Christian relief and development organisation Samaritan’s Purse, the annual shoebox appeal is the world’s largest and longest running children’s Christmas project.
Operation Christmas Child works closely with local churches and charities to make sure each shoebox gets hand-delivered to children in Eastern Europe, Central Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa based on need, regardless of their background and beliefs.
Father-of-three Mr Davies said:
“My wife and I have supported this worthwhile project since our eldest daughter first started school.
“For those of us who are parents, we know just how excited children are when they open their presents on Christmas morning and to spread that joy to some of the most disadvantaged parts of the world is very humbling.
“Communities in Monmouthshire regularly come together to help those in need and I know Operation Christmas Child is strongly supported locally.”