After various discussions last year on what we could do to help someone else have a ‘magical’ Christmas we started what I hope will become a family tradition – The ‘reverse advent calendar’. There are many ways you can get the children involved in helping others this Christmas, we have included a few ideas below.
1. The Reverse Advent Calendar
Alongside opening traditional Advent calendars, put aside a box and on each day of Advent pop an item in the box. You can do it for various causes and charities including Leeds Baby Bank, the Leeds North and West Foodbank or you might want to use it as an opportunity to sort through toys before Santa arrives and donate to your local Children’s Centre.
My two enjoyed decorating the box “Christmassy’ last year, children could also make Christmas Cards and put them in with the donations.
The Leeds North and West Foodbank are part of the #foodbankadvent campaign, more details of the campaign and where to drop your boxes can be found here
Ideas of what to put in your Foodbank parcel could include: (ring pull cans if possible)
- Pasta sauce
- Tinned meat
- Tinned vegetables
- Tinned fruit
Non-food items are also welcome:
- Toiletries – deodorant, toilet paper, shower gel, shaving gel, shampoo, soap, toothbrushes, toothpaste, hand wipes
- Household items – laundry liquid detergent, laundry powder, washing up liquid
2. Cash for Kids Mission Christmas
With 1 in 4 children across the UK living in poverty this December*, for many families Christmas is simply a luxury they can’t afford. And sadly some children in Leeds and West Yorkshire will go without a present full stop.
Which is why, every year the Cash For Kids ‘Mission Christmas’ appeal invites people to buy one extra gift alongside their Christmas shopping, that can be given to a disadvantaged local child to make their Christmas morning special.
Radio Aire need as many people as possible to take part, to make this the best year yet for disadvantaged families in our region. To help you simply need to:
- Buy one extra gift, suitable for a child or young person aged 0-18 years.
- Drop your gift off at one of the many drop off point across Leeds before the 17th December. You can find details of the collection points here.
- Please be aware, gifts must be new and should not be wrapped.
- Alternatively, you can text AIRE to 70808 to donate £5 and we will buy a gift on your behalf. (Calls cost Standard network rate and100% of the donation goes to CFK).
3. Yorkshire Bank Bike Library
Anyone with an old bike they’re not using any more can take it to a local Yorkshire Bank donation station, where it’ll be spruced up and used in one of the bike libraries throughout the region to help change the life of another child.
Full details of the bike libraries across Leeds are:
- Middleton Park Bike Hub, The Golf House, Middleton Park LS10 3TN
- St George’s One Stop Centre, St George’s Road, Middleton LS10 4UZ
- One Stop Centre, Dewsbury Road, LS11 6PF
- Richmond Hill Primary School, Clark Lane, LS9 8PN
- New Wortley Community Centre, Tong Road, LS12 1LZ
- One Stop Centre, Stockshill, Armley LS12 1UQ
- The Reginald Centre, Chapeltown Road, LS7 3EX
- The Compton Centre, Harehills Lane, LS9 7BG
- Fearnville Leisure Centre, Oakwood Lane, Fearnville, LS8 3LF
- Moor Allerton Library, King Lane, LS17 5NY
The above are just a few ideas of acts of kindness you can do as a family to give back to others over the festive period. Why don’t you join our Wharfedale Mumbler Chat Group and share your ideas with others?