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5 Easy Steps to Creating a Reverse Advent Calendar

In many places around the world holiday traditions start as early as December 1 with an Advent Calendar. Each day is counted down as Christmas Day approaches. Every morning people wake in anticipation of receiving a sweet treat or small gift for each day that passes.

This year we are starting a new tradition “The 365give Reverse Advent Calendar.”

It’s so simple a 3-year-old can do it and takes just a few minutes to jump start your daily giving habit for the holidays.

Creating A 365give Advent Calendar Is As Easy As 1-2-3-4-5

Step 1. Choose a charity that supports people in need over the holidays or plan to make a personal delivery to someone on the street. We chose the Harvest Project

Step 2.  Reuse a box or basket to hold the items you will give. Decorate it ready for the holidays!

Step 3. Plan you daily gives – all 25! Keep it simple: Socks, hats, gloves, toothpaste, toothbrush, nonperishable food items. If you have everything handy it makes your daily giving easy.

Step 4. Add 1 item to your basket each day before Christmas

Step 5. Delivery your box to your charity of choice or directly to a person in need on December 25th.

It’s that easy. At the end of your 25 days, you will have a full box to give and a heart filled with happiness knowing you made a difference this holiday season.

Giving Every Day Makes You Happy! It’s True

Giving every day, not just during the holidays makes all of us happy. Check out the 365give Challenge and start giving every day! You feel happier, healthier and part of your community. Schools love this Challenge for their students, clubs embrace these acts of giving at their meetings. As a individual, you too can make a difference by giving every day!


What people are saying about 365give

“I wanted to express my gratitude for the teaching you provided today. Your message was delivered eloquently, compassionately, and without judgment. The kids were engaged, and now have knowledge with which they can change the world. We all appreciated how you took the time to help us learn to build positive mindsets and practice happiness.”
Shelley Gardner, Grade 6 Ridgeview Elementary (West Vancouver)
“Actions really do speak louder than words, which is why I believe the 365give Challenge has resonated throughout my community. Every give we do is so important to us and leaves us happier and appreciating our lives a little bit more than before.”
Mahina Niyozova (Tajikistan)
“After watching the 365give TEDx Talk, I was inspired to join and begin a daily giving program in India. Today, along with 12 other volunteer women, we provide 100 meals to local underprivileged children in Bangalore for school every day.”
Deepika Ahuja, Mom (Bangalore, India)
“My life has greater meaning now.”
Renate Jorge, @BeKindBrazil and 365give Member, Family Program (Brazil)
“I just wanted to share that 365give really helped me. I am a better person now, thank you.”
MayLee, 365give Member, Individual Program
“This 365give Challenge has really injected excitement and extra enthusiasm in each work day as I think about what we can do. It has motivated me and the students.”
Cristina Peters, School Counselor (New York City, USA)
“I have seen a huge shift in energy throughout my classroom since doing the 365give Challenge. The Challenge has empowered my students to make a positive difference in the school’s community and beyond.”
Cella Adriana, Special Needs Educator /The Holliswood School (New York City, USA)
“The 365give Challenge helps students understand their impact on others. It opens avenues for introducing and discussing global and local issues in classrooms. It is powerful to watch students of all ages think about how they can make a change in another person’s life with one small act.”
Jessica Hall, Primary Teacher, French Immersion at École Pauline Johnson (West Vancouver, Canada)