Year 2 pupil Theo has decided to forgo his chocolate advent calendar this year, deciding instead to do a ‘reverse advent’.
Visiting the supermarket with his mum, Theo has bought 25 items of food that he will be donating to a local food bank each day.
We had a little chat with Theo to find out more about his project.
Hi Theo, what a lovely thing to do! Can you explain what a ‘reverse advent' is?
A reverse advent calendar is when you give food everyday into a box until the 25th December instead of getting a chocolate from an advent calendar. It’s important to give instead of receiving.
What made you decide to do it?
Because there are people who are less fortunate than us. Some people don’t have any money to buy food. At Christmas time we are very lucky to get presents, have a bed, be warm, have a family. Some people don’t have any of those. I wanted to be a superhero of food.
“If your mummy and daddy let you, you can do one too. I’d love you to do it. Hopefully lots of people will decide to do a reverse advent calendar so less fortunate people will get some food to eat as they can’t buy it.”
Why do you think it’s important to think of others at Christmas time?
Because it’s a happy month. It is important to think of others.
Who will you be donating the items to?
We have a food bank collection point at our church. I’m going to take the food every Sunday.
What would you like to say to other children who might be thinking about doing something like this?
If your mummy and daddy let you, you can do one too. I’d love you to do it. Hopefully lots of people will decide to do a reverse advent calendar so less fortunate people will get some food to eat as they can’t buy it.