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One simple tip to make a child’s Christmas

Two comics think that children going without at Christmas is no laughing matter and have launched a campaign to get Advent Calendars donated to foodbanks.

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Justin Moorhouse, who has worked with Peter Kay, appeared on Coronation Street and had a role in Still Open All Hours, posted a plea on Facebook to buy Advent Calendars to ensure no child would go without this Christmas.

It has been endorsed by fellow comic Jason Manford who said it was “I thought was a wonderful idea.”

Justin wants people to go an buy several Advent Calendars (in bulk, he says, or an extra one with a weekly shop) and donate them at your local foodbank. Many foodbanks have collection points in churches, making it easy to give them in.

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“Imagine being a kid this Xmas and knowing times are hard and money is tight at your house? It’s hard for them and it’s hard for Mum and Dad,” Justin wrote.

“The thought being that the last thing skint parents who had to go to food banks would be doing is buying one of these. They’re part of Xmas for the kids (and some adults) in my family – a little thing we can do can put a smile on a kids face and maybe Mums and/or Dads too.”

He has also set up a Twitter hashtag for people to use when sharing news about the campaign – #adventcalendar2014.

Justin’s post in full:

“I don’t care what your politics are but I’m pretty certain most of us agree that people who are using food banks rather they weren’t. I’d also say most of us if not all would agree that the children of adults who are using food banks aren’t ‘to blame’ for their parent’s ‘predicament’. Imagine being a kid this Xmas and knowing times are hard and money is tight at your house? It’s hard for them and it’s hard for Mum and Dad.

Last year a few of us via Twitter and Facebook and that did something dead simple. During November we went out and encouraged others to go out and buy Advent Calendars (in bulk if possible – if not maybe just an extra one with your weekly shop?) The thought being that the last thing skint parents who had to go to food banks would be doing is buying one of these. They’re part of Xmas for the kids (and some adults) in my family – a little thing we can do can put a smile on a kids face and maybe Mum’s and/or Dad’s too.

So what do you reckon?

Can you do this?

Will you share this?

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Let’s aim that every kid has an Advent Calendar this year. Oh and if you are still undecided just google your local food bank. It’ll be closer than you think. Thanks – let’s do this. #adventcalendar2014″

I know it’s only a little thing, and I know not everyone can do it, but it’d be a very festive thing to do. It also doesn’t have to be Advent Calendars, it can be anything, but I’m gonna do it later this week, so let me know if you do it too!

You can search for your nearest food bank here (it’s surprising just how many there are, sad times) http://www.trusselltrust.org/map