Way back in November I was contacted by The Co-op to see if I would like to take part in their December campaign #ReverseAdvent whereby I take one item per day and pop it into the box and then donate it to charity and I jumped at the chance.
Joshua’s school was also carrying out a class reverse advent and thought it would tie in nicely to that to enforce that Christmas should be about others too and helping those less fortunate than ourselves.
Many people don’t know this but back in 2001 I found myself in a Women’s Aid refuge for my daughters first Christmas with no money and no real home.
It was because of other people’s generosity that we were able to celebrate her first christmas with both gifts and food being provided I know first hand what a difference it can make to someone in need.
During the reverse advent Joshua helped me add the items to the donation box and as we added in tinned food, packets, pastas and rices and even baby food we never really felt any direct cost to us which is like a nice bonus.
Having only limited mobility at the moment the box was seriously heavy a few days ago and so I jumped at the chance of having Ollie as home and added in a few days supplies and Ollie drove me to a food donation point so I could make sure our donation reached those that needed it before Christmas eve.
I know our donation is not going to change the world or make the world turn the opposite way but maybe for one family that needs help this festive season from the Trussell Trust it just might and that is why we wanted to take part.
I know how lucky I am this festive season to have friends and family with me and food in our tummys and that for me is what Christmas is all about.
Sending festive wishes from my house to yours this Christmas!
Disclaimer: I have not been compensated for this collaboration.