ONE thousand Christmas parcels have been despatched to poverty stricken Romania thanks to the efforts of a Cheadle based ministry.
Cheadle New Life Ministry International has been collecting Christmas boxes and dispatching them to its orphanage in Romania since 1994 and this year Pastor Chris Longhurst is delighted to report yet another successful campaign.
A large shipment of 1000 gift filled festive shoe boxes along with blankets, furniture and non-perishable food collected during the recent Harvest Festival left Cheadle bound for Romania.
Despite the ongoing difficult economic climate here in the UK residents and churches from across the Moorlands have continued to dedicate considerable time and effort to give generously to this worthy cause.
Considerable donations were made by members of Forsbrook Methodist Church, Gorsty Hill Methodist Church in Tean and St Andrew's Methodist Church in Cheddleton.
Ladies from St Andrew's have been busy knitting large woollen blankets, jumpers and hats for the needy over in Romania.
Mr and Mrs Clews from Froghall have once again collected a large number of Christmas parcels for children at the orphanage.
Local businesses have also got on board with the campaign this year.
Staff from the Alton Towers Hotel donated soap, shampoo and other items while The Heath House at Tean made a fantastic donations of toys.
It is understood that the shipment arrived safely in Romania on Wednesday, December 11, meaning that the donated goods were there in time for Christmas.