OPERATION Christmas Child has reached the milestone of delivering 100 million shoeboxes to needy children around the world thanks to the support of people in Leigh and across Greater Manchester.

Since 1990, through Operation Christmas Child, Samaritan’s Purse has been providing these gifts to children in more than 100 countries.

More than 38,000 gift filled shoeboxes from across Greater Manchester have been exported to vulnerable children in Belarus, Liberia, Romania, Serbia, Swaziland, Uganda, Ukraine and Zimbabwe.