Max’s Advent Calendar Drive

A Year 7 pupil donated more than 130 Advent calendars to Farnham Foodbank in support of the charity’s “reverse Advent calendar” campaign.

Max, collected 132 calendars in time for the start of Advent on December 1 and speaking to the Farnham Herald, he said he’d have “been happy with at least 20 advent calendars, but I definitely blew that”.

He further explained how his advent drive started: “My mum and I were having a talk about how stressful and expensive Christmas can get, so that gave me the idea I could maybe help out a few families by donating Advent calendars – because think how sad it would be if your family said ‘we can’t afford an Advent calendar this year’.

“It feels amazing I’ve made so many children happy this Christmas.”

Supported by the school from his classmates to staff and parents, Max was thrilled to be able to present such a collection to Mel Cracknell from the local foodbank.

He continued: “It may not be a huge, huge thing to do but it will definitely make some people happy – and thinking about other people is better than thinking about yourself.”

It is estimated that Farnham Foodbank will give out hampers to around 130 families this Christmas, which will include around eight bags of food.

As well as being part of the hampers, Max’s donated Advent calendars will be available from distribution centres where families and individuals collect food.

You can read Max’s full story here. 

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