Boy, 6, starts ‘reverse advent calendar’ where he donates food to those in need

Boy, 6, starts ‘reverse advent calendar’ where he donates food to those in need
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A six-year-old boy has started a “reverse advent calendar” where he donates items to charity instead of gorging on chocolates.

Jayden King, from Scunthorpe, Lincolnshire, has been collecting food and personal items such as soap, toothpaste and shampoo for the Christmas project.

The kind-hearted youngster has already made donations to food banks in Scunthorpe after collecting more than 280 items.

He is planning to make another donation to food banks in Barnsley on Thursday, reports GrimsbyLive.

His proud mum, Sian King said: “Last year we started a new family tradition.

“Throughout December, we would spend a couple of pounds a day on items and put them into a box – like a Reverse Christmas Calendar.

The kind-hearted youngster has already donated hundreds of items

“We then donate this to Scunthorpe food bank the week before Christmas.”

Jayden wanted to expand on this for 2020 – and decided to start collecting items in November.

Sian, who has five children between six and 20 years old, added: “When talking to the children about our tradition this year, Jayden asked if we could continue last year’s tradition but make it bigger.

“We started collecting from November 1 to help both Scunthorpe, where we live, and Barnsley, where my sister, Tamara, and Jayden’s dad, Gareth, work.

The tradition was started by his family last year

“He has collected and donated 286 items so far, he has collected another full box already this week.

“He has received £100 in money donations which he has spent on items to go in his boxes also, on top of the donated food and personal items that people have put in boxes at work or given to him personally.”

Sian has set up a Facebook page called ‘Jayden’s Christmas Wish 2020’ where people can see all of his donations.

She added: “We are absolutely so proud of him and support him completely with his donating.

“He loves helping people. He has such a big, kind heart. He makes us so proud.”

  • Click here  to visit ‘Jayden’s Christmas Wish 2020’ on Facebook

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