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Fiid Reverse Advent Calendar: How it works

November 29, 2018

Fiid Reverse Advent Calendar: How it works

I really love Christmas. I love that it's a period when people come together and spend quality time. I love that most people get at least a couple of days to relax and destress and I love that it's a natural opportunity to look back on the year gone by, make plans and set goals for the year to come. 

What I don't love is the hysteria around shopping, stuff and rampant consumerism. I think the magic of Christmas can so easily get lost among the stress of the high street and pressure to consume, spend and indulge. 

This year I wanted to do something a little different. It may seem like the good times are back but for thousands of people in Ireland every day is still a struggle. At fiid we believe that everyone deserves a happy Christmas and so we want to help which is why we're running our #ReverseAdvent Calendar campaign supporting SVP to help make Christmas that much easier for those who need it. 

What is it? 

Our Reverse Advent Calendar is just like a regular Advent Calendar except instead of taking something out every day, we're asking you to donate something instead by building a box of 12 food items to help make one family's Christmas dinner more manageable. 

We're hoping that we can collect 100 boxes in the run up to Christmas which would mean a total of 1200 items and we need your help! 

How does it work? 

1. Every day between 1st and 12th of December (or any 12 days you'd prefer) you add an item of food to a box

2. Keep us up to date with how your box is progressing and share the idea with friends by tagging @eatfiid and using the #SVPReverseAdvent hashtag

3. Once you have the 12 days complete, label your box with "Reverse Advent Food Appeal"

4. Drop the box to your local SVP drop off point before December 18th so that it can be distributed. To find your local depot see our list below

What can I put in the box?

We're looking for any non-perishable food item, preferably not in glass and it would be great if you could keep Christmas dinner in mind ;-) 

Tinned Foods 

- Tins of fruit or vegetables 

- Tins or packets of soup 

- Tins of spaghetti, baked beans or other pulses 

- Tins of tuna or other fish 

- Tins of stews

Cereals & Other Items 

- Breakfast Cereals & Muesli 

- Pasta, Rice & other noodles 

- Pasta Sauces 

- Muesli or Cereal Bars 

- Tea & Coffee 

- Sugar 

- Jams & Marmalade 


- Chocolate (Bars & Boxes) 

- Biscuits (Packets & Boxes)

- Crisps 

- Popcorn 

- Sweets 

- Selection Boxes 

Please don't add 

- Fresh food or anything perishable 

- Anything passed it's use by date 

- Non-food items such as hats, scarves, gloves, soap etc. 

Where can I drop my completed box?

East (Dublin, Kildare, Wicklow)

- SVP Regional Office, SVP House, 91-93 Sean MacDermott Street Dublin 1

- St. Vincent de Paul, Charlestown Shopping Centre

North East & Midlands (Cavan, Longford, Louth, Meath, Monaghan, Westmeath)

- SVP Regional Office, 53-54 Trinity Street, Drogheda, Co. Louth

South East (Carlow, Laois, Kilkenny, Waterford, Wexford)

- St. Vincent de Paul, Vincent's, Tullow St. Carlow

- St. Vincent de Paul, Butts Green, Kilkenny

- St. Vincent de Paul, Dublin Road, Portlaoise, Co. Laois

- St. Vincent De Paul, Main Street, Mountrath, Co Laois

- St. Vincent de Paul, Main Street, Stradbally, Co. Laois

- St. Vincent de Paul, Main Street, Portarlington, Co. Laois

- St Vincent de Paul, Main Street, Abbeyleix, Co. Laois

- St. Vincent de Paul, Emmett Street, Dungarvan, Co. Waterford

- St. Vincent de Paul, St. Michael's Thomas Street, Wexford

- St. Vincent de Paul, St Jospephs, St. Michaels Street, Gorey, Wexford

- St. Vincent de Paul, Quay Street, New Ross, Co. Wexford

- St. Vincent de Paul, Vincents, The Square, Bunclody, Co. Wexford

- St. Vincent de Paul, Market Sq. Enniscorthy

- SVP Regional Office, Unit 3, Six Cross Roads Business Park, Waterford

Mid West ​(Clare, Limerick, Offaly, Tipperary)

SVP Regional Office, Ozanam House, Hartstonge Street, Limerick

South West (Cork, Kerry)

- SVP Regional Office, Ozanam House, 2 Tuckey Street, Cork

West (Galway, Mayo, Roscommon)

SVP Regional Office, Ozanam House, Augustine Street, Galway

North West (Donegal, Leitrim, Sligo) 

- SuperValu, Cockhill Road, Buncrana, Donegal 

- SuperValu, Main Street, Cardonagh, Donegal 

- All shops and Pharmacies, Cardonagh

- SVP Regional Office, The Diamond, Raphoe, Donegal

North (Antrim, Armagh, Derry, Down, Fermanagh, Tyrone) 

- SVP Regional Office, 196 – 200 Antrim Road, Belfast

- West Belfast Office, Units 2-4 Mountainview Centre, Norglen Gardens,  Belfast

- Derry Office, Ozanam House, 22 Bridge Street, Derry



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