A Reverse Advent Calendar

by Julie Rosendaal

Malachi 3:10
“”Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,’ says the LORD Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that you will not have room enough for it.’”

Christmas is about getting – but even more so about giving. Many of us look for ways to teach our children to share. Here is a new idea gathered from an old tradition. Julie, a food guide, with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, came up with a unique idea for giving. Seeing a typical wine box with 12 slots, she put 2 of them together, gave each a number for the day of the week and asked people to put a food item in each slot. When full, you take it to a local food bank, creating a reverse Advent Calendar for food bank donations.

Since posting the idea on her Facebook page in 2016, she says it’s reached more than 220,000 people and has been shared more than 1,800 times as of November 30. “Because the need has increased so much this year, today we made a reverse advent calendar to collect food for the Food Bank,” she said in the post. “We put together two empty wine boxes (there will be plenty available at liquor stores these days!) and will add an item every day for the first few weeks of December.”

Van Rosendaal posted she’s heard the idea has reached the U.K, and also received feedback from teachers who are bringing the idea into their classrooms. “It reminds everyone that holidays are about giving,” said Van Rosendaal.

Want to read more and see how it’s done?  Link to the original story.

Prayer: Teach us the spirit of giving. Amen.

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