Reverse Advent Calendar

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What is a reverse Advent Calendar?

Often an Advent calendar is used to count down the days until Christmas by opening a box and discovering an ornament or something that helps you focus on the Advent journey. A reverse Advent calendar focuses on giving something instead of receiving – a Christ centered idea indeed – since Christmas is all about God giving himself to us as a baby.

The idea behind a reverse Advent calendar is simple. Pick out a sturdy basket, box or bag and fill it with food donations for your local food bank – one item for every day in December. Then, when your bags are full, take them to the food bank of your choice. Through our Bless Big campaign West Side supports both the White Center and West Seattle Food Banks.

This simple Advent idea encourages us to think of others as we wait to celebrate the birth of Christ. What a great way to serve others this Advent!

How do you make a reverse Advent Calendar?

The beauty of this reverse Advent calendar is in its simplicity but also in how you can customize it.
  • Add one item a day or purchase several items every time you shop.
  • Collect 25 items from your whole family or 25 items from each member in your family.
  • Start collecting the items at the beginning of December.
  • Focus on food items or practical donations or a combination of both.
You can create the reverse Advent calendar however you and your family choose.

What do you give with a reverse calendar?

Include some of the most requested food donations such as:
  • Canned vegetables
  • Applesauce – pouches or individual cups
  • Canned fruit
  • Instant potatoes
  • Canned soup
  • Spaghetti sauce and pasta
  • Pancake mix
  • Canned meats (tuna, chicken, beef stew, etc.)
  • Peanut butter and jelly
  • Macaroni & cheese
  • Cereal
  • Instant Oatmeal
  • Granola bars
  • Biscuit or baking mixes, particularly those that require only water.
  • Boxed meals that require only water

  • You can also give practical donations such as:
  • Body wash
  • Toothbrushes
  • Toothpaste
  • Bars of soap
  • Razors
  • Shampoo & conditioner
  • Diapers
  • Baby wipes
  • Toilet paper
  • Laundry detergent
  • New underwear, undershirts and socks are always needed!