Reverse Advent Calendar For The Homeless

What is a Reverse Advent Calendar?

A reverse advent calendar is a twist on the traditional advent calendar, it’s a chance for you to give back to someone in need in your community, by collecting a hamper of food and helpful items for a homeless person and spread a little Christmas cheer. It’s really easy and inexpensive to do, all you need is a bag or box, and a budget of around £10 (it is possible to do it for £5, or spend as much as you can afford).

Each day you open up your cardboard advent calendar and enjoy a piece of chocolate, add an item such as food or clothing into your Christmas box. When Christmas eve arrives, you should have a box full of goodies ready to delivered to your local homeless shelter or food bank.

Why you should get involved?

Reverse Advent calendar is a great tradition to start this Christmas. It encourages us to think about those in need this Christmas and help others in your community. It is something the family can do together and something school are getting involved in, if students took it in turns each day to bring an item in, it would’t take long to fill a box, each contributing in their own way.

What should I donate?

A typical food parcel includes:

  • Breakfast cereal.
  • Packet or tinned soup.
  • Pasta.
  • Rice.
  • Pasta sauce.
  • Baked beans.
  • Tinned meat.
  • Tinned vegetables.
  • Tea or coffee.
  • Tinned fruit.
  • Biscuits.

Non-food items, such as toiletries, blankets, clothing, hats, gloves and scarves are also appreciated and useful.

The team at ShedSpace will be putting together our first Reserve Advent Calendar this year, head over to our social media accounts to stay up to date with our box. Why don’t you give a Reverse Advent Calendar a go? Tag us in your photos so we can see your Reverse Advent Calendar box progress.

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