During this festive season, it is easy to get carried away but spare a thought for those less fortunate.
Everyone loves to receive an Advent Calendar, the traditional “countdown to Christmas”. Many parents (myself included), will use the calendar to their advantage, to encourage their children’s good behaviour with the promise of fantastic gifts from Santa. When I was a child (way back when ahem), each window revealed a picture depicting scenes from The Nativity. Children today wouldn’t be happy if their Advent Calendar didn’t have chocolate, you can even get Advent Calendars full of gifts too.
Why not try something a little different this year? Start a new family tradition? Create an advent calendar that you and your children put something into every day instead of taking something out. #ReverseAdvent.
After talking to the staff at The Wellspring, Stockport, they advise that they run an annual campaign where they fill rucksacks with essentials and some treats to give to those that need their support. These rucksacks can include baby essentials, hygiene & toiletries, warm clothes, blankets, small gifts, books, treats, etc.
So, we will be doing the #ReverseAdvent within the offices on the 4th Floor in Broadstone Mill but we will also be collecting donations to fill rucksacks, holdalls, etc
What is “Reverse Advent”?
Each day of advent, instead of receiving a gift or chocolate, you buy (or donate) something (food, clothing, toiletries, etc) and pop it in the box.
If you’re feeling “really crafty” you can make an advent calendar box, or maybe pop to the local Supermarket for any discarded wine boxes. Cover the box with festive paper and maybe number the spaces.
After gathering helpful items throughout the month, the end result would be a “hamper full of goodies“. Once completed, you can take everything you’ve saved to your local food bank or homeless shelter.
Not only will you enjoy family time creating the advent calendar, you will be starting a new family tradition, teaching your children the importance of helping others but, more importantly, you’ll have given a Christmas present to someone that really needed it.
Knitting & Hand Made
Many of our friends are “home crafters”, if you get a moment to make a pair of gloves, a hat, a scarf, blankets etc they will all be put to good use (no home made food items) and could help keep somebody warm over the winter.
Any donations can be dropped off at the address below or we can try to arrange local collection.
Our Chosen Charity : The Wellspring, Stockport
The Wellspring Centre is based in Stockport and offers support for the homeless.
You can find out more about The Wellspring by visiting their website : The Wellspring Website
The Wellspring is a Registered Charity and provides numerous services and everything is completely free of charge. The project is open 365 days a year from 10 am – 2 pm and Monday to Thursday evenings from 5 pm – 8 pm.
Donations are always welcome.
Warm clothes, toiletries, food items (not home made, open items or out of date please), children’s items, baby items, books, toys, treats
Where we are based
Any donations should be delivered to the following address :
Sharon & Simon Steed (Infinerty Group Ltd)
Debbie Tweed & Shaunna Holden (Broadstone Mill)
4th Floor, Broadstone Mill, Broadstone Road, Reddish, Stockport SK5 7DL