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This year, for Christmas, I’m looking to do more for others. As I have been all year. I have already collected a plethora of items this year for the food bank, including toys, toiletries and food and drink. When I have worked with brands, and been sent food and drink to review, I have collected items for the food bank. Now this year, for Christmas, I’m taking part in the UK Money Bloggers Xmas Campaign.
Every day, for 25 days, in November, I will be doing a reverse advent calendar. What this means is that I will be putting an item into a box, every day from the 1st – 25th of November, and then I will be donating this to the food bank. Alongside this box of goodies I will be donating a collection of toys and other items that I have collected in recent months too.
The reason that I am doing this is I feel I’m in quite a fortunate position. This year I have received more than £10,000 of items from PR companies and brands. Some of those items I have kept, or donated to friends and family. Other items I have donated to local charities, and even the children’s hospital. Now I want to focus specifically on helping the food bank for the month of November.
I would LOVE it if you joined me for the UK Money Bloggers Xmas Campaign
All you need to do is grab an empty box, or even a bag, and then pop one item a day in to the box. You don’t need to do this in November, you could do it ANY time, but November would be fantastic. This way we’ve got lots of time to take our donations to our local food bank in order for them to distribute the goods before Christmas.
Wondering what to donate?
This post has information on what a food parcel typically contains.
Personally I will be donating dry goods with long shelf life but I will be going for some less common items. For example I am going to donate the usual items, tinned vegetables and fruits, flour, sugar etc, but I’d also like to donate some slightly nicer items. Also, I’m using it as an opportunity to have a little clear down of my cupboards too. I get sent some lovely items that someone else would be grateful to receive and it saves me putting items in the bin. Just make sure items have a decent date on them.
I will also be donating toiletries, pet food and baby food. These are items that I feel are still important, and may fall by the wayside a little, in the struggle to have enough food to survive.
If you don’t have a lot of opportunity for variety then go for long life milk, flour, sugar, tinned tomatoes etc. Items that have a long shelf life and can be used for a variety of purposes.
Why should we donate to food banks?
I know some people would say that in this day and time we shouldn’t need food banks but we do. You may work with someone who needs to use the food bank. Your child may go to school with someone who uses the food bank. Just because previously a friend or relative had a great life, and nice furnishings, a nice car etc, does not mean that they cannot fall on hard times. Emergency funds quickly deplete and with many people living hand to mouth you yourself may only ever be just one bad month away from running out of food.
Where am I donating my collected items?
Personally I will be donating my items to my local food bank, here in Harlow Essex. If you’re looking to find your local food bank just have a quick Google. Alternatively check out the Trussell Trust website to find their nearest food bank. I really would love you to join me, and the other UK Money Bloggers, for the UK Money Bloggers Xmas Campaign.
Are you preparing financially for Christmas?
There is never a better time to start saving for Christmas than right now! These last minute ways to pay for Christmas are great to earn some extra cash before Christmas. Alternatively, check out my favourite ways to make and save money to kickstart your Christmas finances.
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