(I can't help it. My heart strings are easily pulled when I hear someone is in need. I'm like, "You need some money?! Here, take a tenner!" (that's £10 for my non-British friends). No biggie... right?! I look around me... I'm sitting in a warm home with a satisfied, happy tummy. My family's needs are met, and for that, I thank God every day. I also know that there are plenty of families near us - it could be just a few doors or streets down - who can't say the same. I know there are plenty of people in need, those I may know, those who I may not know, but nevertheless, whose needs are not fulfilled. I'm sure you're aware of this, too... but perhaps you don't know what you can do to help. I'm going to introduce you to a very simple way of giving back in the lead up to Christmas - a Reverse Advent Calendar. #FoodbankAdvent (Photo of food basket above used with permission and thanks to Faith Archer at https://www.muchmorewithless.co.uk/)
I'm pretty sure that most people know that with an advent calendar, you open a door or box and take something out of the advent calendar each day for the 24 days before Christmas. But with a Reverse Advent Calendar, you put something into a box for 24 days, one item each day. Those 24 "somethings" are then donated to your local food bank, such as a Trussell Trust food bank (click here to find your nearest location) or one in your local area. How simple is that?! I am joining other UK Money Bloggers in this nationwide campaign, so there are (hopefully) hundreds, maybe thousands, of other individuals and families participating UK-wide.
Before we go any further, please take a few minutes to watch this short video.
Heart strings pulled yet?? Right, if you're ready to join me and take action, find a Wish List below and links to the Trussell Trust's food and non-food lists below.
After looking over a list of needed items from our local food bank @Telford Crisis Support, as well as that on the Trussell Trust website (here) and non-food items (here), I am going to pick up 24 items from the shop, focusing on the non-food items. Each day for the next 24 days, one of my daughters - taking turns every other day - will choose an item to put into the donation box. I want to show our daughters that these are items that others NEED and that they may take for granted.
If you're going to join me to help provide basic necessities, I want to urge you to start soon... like, today or tomorrow. These boxes need to be delivered to the food bank at the beginning of December so the volunteers have time to sort through donations and get them in the right hands as soon as possible. If you're in the Telford area, please get in touch with me, and we'll organise pick up and delivery of the boxes to the food bank.
I know that many of my readers are not located in the UK. I urge you to join me anyway! The same concept can be applied anywhere in the world. Please let me know if you're going to participate in the Reverse Advent Calendar and post your photos to the Finding the Pennies Facebook page! I'm looking forward to seeing how we can all make a difference.