What is a Reverse Advent Calendar?
A reverse advent calendar is a way to give back to your community during the holiday season. Instead of opening a door each day to reveal a treat, you add an item to a box that will be donated to a local charity or organization in need.
What to put in a reverse advent calendar:
There are many different things you can put in a reverse advent calendar, but some popular ideas include:
- Food: Canned goods, non-perishable snacks, and other shelf-stable foods are always needed by food banks.
- Toiletries: Soap, shampoo, deodorant, and other toiletries are essential for people who are homeless or struggling to make ends meet.
- Toys: New or gently used toys are always appreciated by children in need.
- Books: Books provide entertainment and education, and they can be especially valuable for children who don’t have access to many books at home.
- Gift cards: Gift cards to grocery stores or department stores can give people the flexibility to purchase what they need most.
How to get started with a reverse advent calendar:
- Choose a charity or organization to donate to. Research local charities and organizations that serve people in need in your community. Consider organizations that support people who are homeless, families in need, or children in foster care. Check their website for the items they need.
- Find a box or container to use for your calendar. Any sturdy box or container will work. You can decorate the box with holiday wrapping paper or paint.
- Create a list of 24 items to donate. Consider the needs of the charity or organization you have chosen and the items that are most needed.
- Start adding items to your box each day. You can add items daily, weekly, or whenever you have something to contribute.
- Once your box is full, deliver it to the charity or organization. Many charities will have collection bins or drop-off locations.
Benefits of a reverse advent calendar:
Reverse advent calendars provide much-needed assistance to people in your community who are struggling. They are a great way to teach children about the importance of giving back to others, and they encourage people to get involved in their communities and make a difference. Get your family and friends involved in your reverse advent calendar project, and spread the word about your reverse advent calendar on social media to encourage others to participate. Reverse advent calendars are a simple but meaningful way to give back to your community during the holiday season. By taking the time to donate items to those in need, you can make a real difference in the lives of others.
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