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Fundraising For MK Homeless

Reverse Advent Calendar

In addition to our fundraising for CAFOD during this Advent St Paul’s Catholic School has also organised a fundraising activity to help homeless people in Milton Keynes, and pupils and staff throughout the school are enthusiastically supporting the ‘reverse Advent calendar’ initiative.

Each form room is displaying a reverse Advent calendar showing a list of items that pupils can sign up for and bring into school.  These include shoe boxes (to contain the gifts), essential toiletries, clothing, treats and Christmas cards to write a message to the person who will receive the box.  Pupils can elect to bring a single item or even do a whole shoe box themselves.  The idea is to encourage pupils to think about giving what they can during Advent rather than focusing on the things that we receive. 

Laura Maw, Head of RE, said:  “With the number of homeless people in Milton Keynes increasing by 500% since 2012 we know that the help we can provide is needed now more than ever. Thinking about this during the Advent season will help pupils to remember the meaning of Advent and allow us all to live out our school motto of loving and serving others.”

The shoe boxes will be donated to Help Our Homeless MK, a group of volunteers who have been supporting the homeless community since 2014.  Alongside a Soup Run a few nights a week they give out clothing, toiletries, bedding, and tents to the homeless.  They also have a shop unit on the Lakes estate where they store stock and are able to sell some donated items.

Laura added:  “If any parents, guardians or visitors would like to give items for the shoe boxes we will have a collection box in the school’s reception where donations can be dropped off.”

Items that are needed:

  1. Shoe box wrapped in Christmas paper
  2. Sweets
  3. Hand sanitiser
  4. Scarf
  5. Wet wipes
  6. Toothpaste
  7. Socks
  8. Small bottle shower gel
  9. Gloves
  10. Biscuits
  11. Small bottles of shampoo
  12. Small gift
  13. Hat
  14. Tooth brush
  15. Chocolate
  16. Christmas card

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