Reverse Advent Christmas Appeal 2021

“Christmas time is the season of giving, and we’re always overwhelmed by the generosity of the Milton Keynes community to others who may not have as much. This year could see a particularly difficult winter for many more families and individuals, with the removal of the Universal Credit uplift and the end of the furlough scheme as well as soaring energy costs. 
Because of this, we’ve decided to focus our 2021 Christmas Appeal on reaching as many people as possible, stocking up cupboards with essential items, as well as some Christmas treats! Please help us by filling a box this November.”

Louisa Hobbs, Operations Manager

The main details:

  • Our Reverse Advent Appeal will run throughout November 2021.
  • During December we will sort all donations and make them into food parcels that include Christmas treats. Your donations will therefore go to several households.
  • You can use any box or bag you like to collect your items. As this is not a hamper for just one family, please don’t decorate your box.
  • If you want to help us a little bit more however, we are tying Reverse Advent in with our ongoing Buy-a-Box campaign Buy-A-Box | Localgiving
    We’ll have several of these boxes available for £5 each at our warehouse in Kiln Farm from Monday 4th October. Come and pick one up, then after you’ve brought it back with your donations, we can use it for years to come.
  • Please fill your box with the items listed below. We are very keen to receive small Christmas treats but please don’t forget the essential items too! You can put one item in every day in November day or fill your box all in one go – it’s completely up to you
  • Once your box is full please bring it us at 14 Burners Lane, Kiln Farm, MK11 3HA . We’re here Monday – Friday 09:00 – 16:00 and you can bring your box along any time from 1st November.
  • If you are a group or an organisation that will have lots of boxes for us, please call us on 0300 303 4933 to discuss collection.
  • The deadline for delivering boxes to us is 16:00 on Friday 3rd December. This will give us enough time to sort and distribute food in time for Christmas.

What to put in your box:

Please fill most of your box with our MOST-NEEDED items:

Long life juice or squash
Long life milk
Pasta sauce
Tinned tomatoes
Tinned fruit
Tinned meat
Tinned fish
Dried rice in 500g or 1kg packets
Spreads – jam or peanut butter

And include a few small Christmas treats, for example:

Small packs of chocolate or sweets (chocolate oranges, matchmakers, tubes of smarties, fruit pastilles etc are perfect)

Tubs or bags of Christmassy snacks like twiglets, mini cheddars or nuts

Mini versions of Christmas cakes or stollen

Crisps eg pringles