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Reverse Advent Gift Box

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The Trussell Trust is reporting that they expect more people than ever through the doors of foodbanks this Christmas.  It's a difficult time of year for families living in poverty as fuel bills rise and children are home for school holidays and not getting free school meals. 

So why not spread some Christmas joy with a present of a different sort this year and support your local foodbank by creating and gifting a reverse advent gift box? 

It's a very simple idea; with a traditional advent calendar you open a window each day and take out a small gift each day during December, but with a reverse advent calendar you put an item needed by a foodbank into a box each day.  You then gift the whole box to a foodbank (technically by Christmas but in the New Year will be fine, donations are always welcome).  If you can't manage a whole box of donations, then items can be dropped off at any time at foodbank collection points, most supermarkets have one.

You can check the website of local foodbanks to see what sort of items they'd recommend, but useful items include:

  • Cereal
  • Soup
  • Pasta
  • Rice
  • Tinned tomatoes/ pasta sauce
  • Lentils, beans and pulses
  • Tinned meat
  • Tinned vegetables
  • Tea/coffee
  • Tinned fruit
  • Biscuits
  • UHT milk
  • Fruit juice

Many foodbanks also provide essential non-food items such as toiletries and hygiene products, so you can include these too. 

So if you want to give this Christmas to help families have a happier time, why not get together with friends, family or colleagues and organise a gift in the true spirit of Christmas?

Further information on foodbanks can be found on the the Trussell Trust's website here.



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