Reverse Advent Calendars promote the act of giving through small acts of kindness for those who are doing it tough at Christmas time. Instead of taking a chocolate each day, the Reverse Advent Calendar encourages staff to make donations to cheer up someone’s festive season.
What can I donate?
ACU are working with our community partners to ensure our donations meet a particular community need. Therefore, the types of donations we are asking staff to donate will vary from campus to campus. See the details below for what donations are needed by your community. To uphold the dignity of those receiving the hampers, please ensure that all food items are not due to expire for at least six months. Donations which do not suit the need of each charity will be allocated to the food cupboard for students in need.
The St Vincent de Paul night patrol van are low on snack supplies and have specifically requested muesli bars, individual packets of chips, cheese dip-its, individual servings of sultanas and poppers.
St Vincent de Paul Society have specifically requested donations for Christmas Hampers such as Christmas puddings, lollies, fruit mince pies, zooper doopers, tinned fruit, long-life custard and jelly.
St Vincent de Paul Society have specifically requested good quality pantry items for Christmas Hampers such as olive oil, tinned fruit and quick meals, and Christmas treats such as candy canes, jelly, zooper doopers and bon-bons.
The Wilmont Community Group in the Mount Druitt area have requested the kinds of things your family enjoy at Christmas time: treats such as Christmas cake, biscuits, candy canes and bon-bons, as well as good quality pantry basics such as pasta, rice, olive oil and quick meals. Be creative and generous!
St Vincent de Paul Society Collingwood Food Centre have specifically requested quality pantry items such as small boxes of weet-bix, spices, canned fruits, pasta and pasta sauces. All other food and toiletry items would be gratefully accepted.
St Vincent de Paul Society have specifically requested good quality pantry items for Christmas Hampers as olive oil, tinned fruit and quick meals, and Christmas treats such as candy canes, jelly, zooper doopers and bon-bons.
Where can I donate?
There will be multiple donation baskets displayed at various locations around campus to assist you in donating. See below for details of the basket locations specific to your campus.
Campus Ministry Offices (Mezzanine Level, DMB)
Level 1, 250 Vic Parade (right in front of the elevators on the east side of the building)
Level 5, 215 Spring Street
Near the Christmas tree in the Foyer of the Tenison Woods Building, and
The Student Campus Ministry office on Level 3 of the James Carroll Building
Campus Ministry Offices
The Barron Memorial Chapel
Near the Christmas tree outside the Campus Ministry Lounge (building 200)
Kitchen/Lunch Room of HUB 11 (building 273)
Entrance Foyer of the JPII building (212)
When can I donate?
The 2017 Reverse Advent Calendar collection will continue until Friday 15 December on all campuses with the exception of Melbourne Campus which will run until Friday 22 December.
If you have any questions regarding this initiative, please contact your local Campus Ministry or ACU Engagement firstname.lastname@example.org