I am doing a #ReverseAdvent with the Co-op this year. I will add one non-perishable item of food to my Reverse Advent box every day from the 1st to the 24th of December. I will then donate the box to our local Salvation Army.
I am choosing to fill my box with food for a reason. My father used to say, “You can never satisfy a man’s hunger for money. But feed him well and he will be satiated at least for a time.”
Why the SA? Because it is where J and I went for our very first baby song sessions. It is where I sang in a community choir for the first time. And it is where I met some wonderful people.
I am not a practising Christian. That does not stop me celebrating the spirit of Christmas. I do not think you have to be religious to be a good, kind and generous human being. All you need is a big heart and a willingness to give. Be it food, time or goodwill.
In a time when everyday life is governed by senseless commercial capitalism, this Reverse Advent is a beautiful opportunity to reinforce charitable giving.
So my son will have his chocolate advent calendar. But he will also be helping his mother fill a box with food for those who need it.
Disclosure: The Co-op have kindly sent me a large box to house my donations. They have also sent me a voucher to help towards the cause.