It works in reverse to a normal advent calendar. So instead of getting chocolate, people put aside a luxury item every daySarah Adams
Christmas can often be a difficult time of year for those less fortunate in the community.
It's why Maitland Neighbourhood Centre has launched their reverse advent calendar initiative again.
The premise is simple.
Give an item every day from the beginning to the end of November. Then by December 1, people will have 30 items to donate to the neighbourhood centre.
Maitland Neighbourhood Centre manager Sarah Adams said this year's was the third time for the donation drive.
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"It works in reverse to a normal advent calendar. So instead of getting chocolate, people put aside a luxury item every day," she said.
"So at the end of the month, people will have 30 items to donate.
"We are asking for luxury Christmas treats such as shortbread, fruitcake or hand cream. They are what some people can't afford."
People can donate pretty much any type of non-perishable food or gifts.
"We did it last year, and it was really successful," Ms Adams said.
"A lot of people want to give at Christmas time, and it's an opportunity to do that.
"We usually allocate about 200 Christmas hampers a year so that's why we need as many donations as possible.
"Even if people don't get all 30, everything counts. Christmas is a time for family, friend and community and this is a beautiful way to support that."
The neighbourhood centre is also hosting a fundraiser at the end of this month, with all funds supporting the community facility.
The trivia night will be held at Club Maitland City on Friday, November 29 but community members will need to book beforehand.
"It will be a really good night. We've got a few amazing sponsors who have donated prizes," Ms Adams said.
"We've already got about 30 prizes so it will be a fun night out."
There will be raffles and silent auctions throughout the night.
Tickets are $10 per person or $80 for a table.
Those looking for more information about the appeal or fundraiser can contact the community centre on 4932 0950.
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