Want to spread some Christmas cheer?

We believe in the magic of Christmas.

We believe that no child should go without an Advent calendar because of their family circumstances.

We believe that – with your help – we can make a difference.

What we do

The Calendars 4 Kids campaign encourages people to show some Christmas spirit by donating Advent calendars to children in need this Christmas.

How you can help

  1. Buy an Advent calendar
  2. Donate it to your local food bank.
  3. Contact Calendars 4 Kids so we can publicly recognise your generosity. Email us at calendars4kids@yahoo.com or send us a tweet @calendars4kids

Want to do more?

Why not organise a Calendars 4 Kids collection? Simply ask your work colleagues/friends/local school to make a combined donation. Don’t forget to tell us about your kindness at calendars4kids@yahoo.com or by tweeting @calendars4kids


Join our ‘Help 100 Children’ Challenge


Just the one, Mrs Wembley?

Scientists reckon that the human brain can only comprehend numbers to a certain point. For example, if I asked you to imagine 3 bottles of prosecco, you could probably do that without a second thought. Likewise, if you were to think about 1 huge turkey, 12 pigs in blankets, 6 mince pies, 5 perfectly cooked sprouts and 8 freshly wrapped Christmas presents, your brain wouldn’t find it too much of an effort.

What if I asked you to visualise something in a larger quantity, say… one hundred children who are living in poverty? One hundred children who won’t be tearing back the door on an Advent calendar come December 1st. One hundred children who have to listen to their classmates describing the sweets, chocolates and toys they discover in their calendars every morning, unable to join in. That’s a lot harder to visualise, isn’t it?

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Secret Santa

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Type ‘Secret Santa’ into a search engine and you’ll be met by page upon page of gift ideas, name generators and even a twelve-step set of instructions (with photographs) explaining how this concept works.

For anyone who has been living in a cave for the last few years, the idea is simple: people wishing to participate enter their name into a draw (with, for example, their work colleagues), pull out a name and then become that person’s Secret Santa, buying them a present for a set amount of money and then giving it to them anonymously. Having a Secret Santa scheme in place avoids the awkwardness of not knowing which co-worker/friend from the school gate/neighbour to buy for and how much to spend.

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Something to shout about #3

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

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The good folk of Yorkshire have been showing just how generous they are with news of various donations reaching the Calendars 4 Kids headquarters over the last few days. A huge thank you to the lovely Christine from South Yorkshire who has purchased several Advent calendars ready to make a difference to children in her local area. Thank you also to Emma in North Yorkshire who is arranging a collection at her place of work and will be making a very thoughtful donation to her local food bank. We were also thrilled to receive a lovely email from Kate in the East Riding of Yorkshire who donated a stack of calendars via a food bank collection point in her local supermarket. THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR GENEROSITY! I’m sure it’s only a matter of time before we hear from someone in West Yorkshire who is doing their part to spread a little magic this Christmas.

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Is this happening in your local school?


Teachers have it easy, don’t they? Decent pay, job for life, loads of holidays…

Only kidding! Anyone who has ever met a teacher will be very aware that teaching involves much more than watching thirty kids doing a bit of cutting and sticking between the hours of 9am and 3pm. What you might not realise is that, for some teachers, their financial situation is so dire that they have had to resort to using food banks to feed their families.

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Soup for dinner!

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Cooking by candlelight may take slightly longer than using a cooker.

There’s something wonderfully calming about making soup. The repetitive chopping and slicing can be positively therapeutic, particularly if it’s accompanied by soulful music and candlelight. (Ol’ blue eyes was crooning in the background whilst I cooked this morning). There’s also an honesty about soup; the simplest of ingredients coming together to produce soothing sustenance.

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Too soon for Christmas films?


Amongst the multitude of talent shows, the TV listings this weekend included a range of films to get viewers (the younger ones, at least) ready for the next big holiday: Halloween. There were corpse brides and haunted mansions, yet I couldn’t quite embrace the spooky sentiment. Rather, I was curled up in front of the log fire with Nigel Slater’s fabulous new book ‘The Christmas Chronicles’, mentally planning my festive menu and wondering whether or not it was too soon to start watching Christmas films.

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