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Alternative advent calendar: Residents encouraged to donate to foodbanks for Christmas

PUBLISHED: 14:00 06 November 2018 | UPDATED: 14:20 06 November 2018

Donations can be made in the lead up to Christmas and New Year. Picture: Ev Sekkides

Donations can be made in the lead up to Christmas and New Year. Picture: Ev Sekkides

Copyright Ev Sekkides

Halloween is well and truly dead and fireworks night has fizzled out.

In case you missed the aisles upon aisles of Christmas goods in the stores, it is safe to say that the world (or the commercial world at least) is gearing up for the next big money-making festivity.

But instead of counting down the days to Jesus’ birthday with a chocolate, or even makeup advent calendar, why not tick off the days by giving a present to someone less fortunate.

Redbridge Foodbank has launched a reverse advent calendar to help struggling residents through the Christmas period.

Every day in November they give a suggestion of an item to donate such as tinned meat, fruit juice, deodorant, toothpaste and also seasonal goods such as mince pies.

A spokesman for the organisation said it has been in operation for eight years and in that time it has provided approximately 3,500 food and hygiene parcels per year to individuals and families in crisis.

However last year it saw the demand for help rise by 1,000 applications.

“People are referred to the foodbank via our partnerships with front-line care professionals who identify those who have no access to food,” he said.

“Situations such as fleeing domestic violence, benefit changes/delays, debt, redundancy, bereavement or numerous health issues can cause an individual or family to be in a position where they have no food.

“While the care professional can assist with the wider need of their client, our foodbank can provide immediate help by way of a food/hygiene parcel which will last for three days.”

The reverse advent calendar can be downloaded and participants get given an item to donate for every day of the week in November.

The goods can be dropped off at Redbridge Foodbank, Jubilee Church, Granville Road Ilford.

The centre will also be open on December 26-28 to accept donations.

“Your support and donations are very much appreciated and we thank you for joining us in the fight against UK hunger,” he added.

For more information visit redbridgefoodbank.org or call 0208 518 0056

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