Society & Culture, Practice & Voice

Reverse Advent Calendar

An advent calendar is a lovely way to build anticipation during the holiday season. Who doesn’t love opening those tiny doors each day and getting a tasty piece of chocolate? But a “Reverse Advent Calendar” can do much, much more. It can help a family in need, it can fill your heart with the holiday spirit, and it can teach lessons of generosity that will last a lifetime. This is how it works:

Beginning Sunday, November 22, (or whenever you’d like to start!) add an item to a box each day. At the end of the 24-day cycle, deliver your box to the church on Wednesday, December 16, Thursday, December 17, or Sunday, December 20, and the All Souls Community Resource Food Bank will make certain it gets to the families of Women in Recovery and others in our community in need.

Share Some Holiday Cheer

Add a card, draw a picture or write notes of encouragement to include in your box for extra special touch of holiday cheer.

If you are not able to donate food at this time, but would like to participate by drawing pictures or writing notes, we welcome your contributions.

Monetary donations to the All Souls Community Resource Bank are always welcome and will be put to very good use.

Here are our suggested items for each day of the calendar:

  • Day 1 – Box of Cereal
  • Day 2 – Jar of Peanut Butter
  • Day 3 – Boxed Stuffing Mix
  • Day 4 – Boxed Potatoes
  • Day 5 – Package Macaroni and Cheese
  • Day 6 – Canned Fruit
  • Day 7 – Canned Tomatoes
  • Day 8 – Canned Tuna
  • Day 9 – Package Dessert Mix
  • Day 10 – Jar of Applesauce
  • Day 11 – Canned Sweet Potatoes
  • Day 12 – Canned Cranberry Sauce
  • Day 13 – Canned Beans
  • Day 14 – Box of Crackers
  • Day 15 – Package of Rice
  • Day 16 – Package of Oatmeal
  • Day 17 – Package of Pasta
  • Day 18 – Spaghetti Sauce
  • Day 19 – Chicken Noodle Soup
  • Day 20 – Tomato Soup
  • Day 21 – Canned Corn
  • Day 22 – Canned Mixed Vegetables
  • Day 23 – Canned Carrots
  • Day 24 – Canned Green Bean

If you are in need this holiday season, please send your name and contact information to

Shannon Boston is the Executive Director of Lifespan Religious Education. Shannon leads our families each Sunday in online Family Chapel (9 a.m.) and Sunday School (9:30 a.m.) on our Facebook page. Explore our growing catalog of videos to help you be your children’s religious educator in the time of COVID-19.

The CRB fosters awareness about issues of poverty and hunger by responding to the hunger crisis by distributing material goods and food to our partner schools and partner agencies. The CRB is a proud partner agency of Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma. Read more about the impact CRB has in Tulsa. Contact:

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