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.
You can have fun decorating the box in a “Christmassy’ way and even 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
It’s always wise to visit an organisations website or Facebook page first where you’ll find lots of information on the types of donations they can and can’t accept for Health & Safety reasons.
2. Cash for Kids Mission Christmas
orkshire 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 pointshere.
- Please be aware, gifts must be new and should not be wrapped.
- If you don’t have time to buy a gift you can also DONATE BY TEXT. Just text AIRE to give £5 or AIRETEN to give £10 to 70808. Or you can donate online by Clicking here.
**Texts are charged at your standard message rate and 100% of the donation will come to Cash for Kids. Please obtain the bill payer’s permission first.
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 near Wharfedale & Craven 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
- University Academy, Keighley BD20 6EB
- BeCycling Bike Library, Bingley BD16 1DP
- All Terrain Cycles, Saltaire BD18 3LA
- Shipley Bikery Bike Library, Shipley BD18 3QX