Staff roundup for reverse advent calendar

Members of staff at Robert Gordon University (RGU) have banded together to make Christmas easier for those who are less fortunate in the North East.

Staff with Representatives from CFINE and ADAAcademic and support staff from the School of Nursing and Midwifery have been donating food, toiletries and pet food to a ‘reverse advent calendar’ throughout the month of December.

A reverse advent calendar works by you putting something in every day, rather than taking something out.

You fill a box with items of food or clothing that can be taken to a charity or food bank, in order to help those that may be struggling at Christmas time.

Staff from across the School contributed around 400 items, which were donated to two local charities this week.

CFINE is an organisation that operates a food bank in Aberdeen, distributing emergency food parcels to those in need. While Alcohol & Drugs Action (ADA) provides a range of services for people who struggle with drugs and alcohol addiction, as well as their families and friends.

Donald Todd, Senior Lecturer in the School of Nursing and Midwifery, was behind the idea of collecting for these charities.

He said: “Most people love advent calendars and getting a treat every day until Santa comes. But not everyone is so lucky.

“My colleagues and I felt that it was right that we do our bit to make Christmas easier for those families that might be struggling at this time of year.

“In the end, we managed to donate around ten boxes and two trollies of items that will hopefully go some way to spreading the festive spirit and improving the lives of people in the North East.”

Christine McLean, Development Worker at CFINE, said: “CFINE is delighted to receive donations from RGU. These will be distributed from our food bank on Poynernook Road over the next few weeks.

“We have seen a large increase in demand for emergency food parcels over the last couple of years and this time of year can be particularly hard on families and individuals. The donations from RGU will go a long way to tackling hunger as part of a broader approach to tackling food poverty in the city.”

Pam Santo, Team Leader at ADA, said: “Alcohol and Drugs Action would like to say a big thank you to all the staff at RGU for the generous donations we received.

“The food and toiletries, amongst other things, will be given out to clients over the Christmas and New year period. This can be an especially difficult time of year for people who may not have family and friends to turn to and a little kindness goes a long way.

“Not only do donations such as this provide practical support but it shows our service users that they are important, others do think of them and they are worthy of receiving.”

Release by Jonathon Milne
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