Turn the advent calendar idea on its head - instead of getting something for yourself each day, you can give people experiencing homelessness the things they need instead.

We hope you will join in this activity for you and your family, you might also want to arrange this collectively through your church, place of work or group, you’ll be surprised at how much you can collect together.

Start off with an empty box and for every day in December that you would usually open an advent calendar put one of our suggested long-life food or clothing items in the box instead.

Your gifts will ensure we have items that we need for our early morning rough sleepers session and for those we see coming in for emergency accommodation and resettlement support at our Support Centre or Offices. Your gift will make a vital difference to people rough sleeping in our city through the challenging winter period ahead.

We can accept donations after Christmas at our offices (61 Bloom Street, M1 3LY) on the 29th and 30th December and then from Jan 4th onwards, Mon – Friday between 10am – 4pm Barnabus, 61 Bloom Street, M1 3LY or please email to enquire about a possible collection if required.

Alternatively you can make a monetary donation here. Thank you and every blessing for a safe and Happy Christmas from all at Barnabus.

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If you're looking for more festive fundraising ideas or gift ideas visit our Christmas appeal page here.