What is a Reverse Advent Calendar?
This clever way to give back has you collecting items every day in December to donate at the end of the month to a homeless shelter or food bank! I made a FREE printable of suggested donation items that you can print and use for convenience.
This is the REVERSE of a traditional advent calendar, where usually the kids enjoy a chocolate each day or get a toy. The holidays are a busy time full of celebration, excitement, and magic. It’s also a time when charities and food banks are in need of supplies for the less fortunate.
Make this a small act of kindness your family can partake in to make a difference in someone’s life. Plus, this can be a great way to incorporate the importance of donating during the holidays, even in the workplace! I love this idea so much. ❤️
How to Start a Reverse Advent Calendar
The first step is to grab a box and designate it as your donation collection. You can decorate it if desired and make it something for the kids to help with. I made cards with numbers for each day of the month so we can attach that to our items as we place them. That part is definitely optional.
What items go in a Reverse Advent Calendar?
You can cater your box to a specific local charity and reach out to them to ask what they’re most needing. I created a list of items most shelters and food banks need as a general guide to use for your box of donations. Some of the things I included are basic hygiene needs like toothpaste and deodorant, jackets, blankets, and then things liked canned goods, packaged snacks, etc.
Such an important tradition!
I love this opportunity to give back to those in need. Plus, this can be done at a reasonable price point (and you can share any stockpile items if you’ve got extra).
Written by Lina for Hip2Save. Lina is a proud mom of 2 kids who loves photography, all holidays, cooking, thrift store makeovers, bargain shopping, and DIY makeovers. Her goal is to create a beautiful life and stylish home on a dime! To see all of Lina’s DIY/Crafts created just for Hip2Save, click here.