No doubt you’ll have witnessed some of the hype that comes with advent calendars these days. You can get an advent calendar full of wine, beauty products, stationery or whisky, to name just a few versions. I’ve found myself poring over luxury versions online, hoping one magically finds its way to me without me actually having to fork out a few hundred quid for it. Gone are those simpler days where you’d get excited at just opening a cardboard window to see a picture of Father Christmas behind it. The world has gone advent calendar crazy.
I’m pleased this year to be promoting the Reverse Advent Calendar alongside other UK Money Bloggers. Although the new advent calendars are a lovely treat for someone, this movement is to use the advent calendar to give back what really matters.
What Is The Reverse Advent Calendar?
The Reverse Advent Calendar is all about providing much needed food, toiletries and household products to families in need this Christmas. While much of the country experiences excess over the Christmas period, sadly there are many families struggling. Winter is a particularly expensive time of year anyway, with extra heating and food bills. Christmas is an added expense which many low income families just cannot afford. It means a choice between Christmas presents and food, and that is an upsetting reality for so many families. According to The Trussell Trust, thirteen million people are living below the poverty line in the UK. That’s a shocking statistic.
With a Reverse Advent Calendar, you put one item into a box every day for a month (or 25 days, to mirror an advent period). When the box is full you then donate it to your local foodbank. The Trussell Trust will then donate it to a family at Christmas, to ensure that they do not go hungry.
What To Put In
Nutritious and healthy food for children and adults is the starting point. Longer-life items, such as tinned soup, as well as packets of rice, beans, pasta etc are perfect. Household items such as toilet roll, basic toiletries, and sanitary products are also very much in need.
It would also be nice to put in some ‘Christmas’ items such as minced pies and chocolate.
How To Find Your Local Foodbank
The Trussell Trust have 400 foodbanks in the UK. You can find your closest foodbank using this map.
I’d love it if you joined in with the Reverse Advent Calendar this Christmas. November is the perfect time to start, as the box will be full by December. It can then be donated to a family in need for Christmas, to help ease the pain and burden of poverty. Let me know if you’re doing this too!
Join My Other Subscribers
Subscribe to get my latest content by email - all my top tips on blogging, reselling, working from home, and more money making tips. Plus my income reports!