We love the Ibiza Reverse Advent Calendar project. A great way to reflect the true spirit of Christmas and donate food, essentials, and hopefully a few festive luxuries to those most in need.
The idea is simple. Set aside a box, crate, bag, and every day in December add one item – see the list below. Your Christmas hamper will then be given to those in Ibiza who cannot afford the Christmas most of us take for granted.
Without wishing to get preachy, the project is a perfect opportunity for children to participate in an activity that demonstrates giving, and remembering those among us not as fortunate.
The Gift of Giving
‘The gift of giving’, as coined by organisers Pernilla Parfitt and Helios Rodriguez, both of Project Social in Santa Eulalia. Ibiza’s reverse advent calendar is now in its 3rd year and works jointly with Nina Negru and the team at the awesome Food for Ibiza charity group. We have a feeling Denise Smith is quite actively involved too.
Helios said “This is a great way for you as a family to give back to the Ibizan community we are all very lucky to be a part of. It is a brilliant way to involve the kids in helping those less fortunate and to celebrate what Christmas really is about.”
Collection & Distribution
Once complete the full boxes can be handed in to Project Social in Santa Eulalia or they can arrange collection from your house. If you are going away for Christmas, just make up the 24 items and drop the box off before you go.
We asked if toys might also be welcome, and Helios told us they are. Apparently some were included last year and so perhaps adding a good quality toy a day from a bulging bedroom may also help to reinforce the message
The list below is something of a suggestion and includes some of the typical Spanish Christmas treats.
The key exclusions are no alcohol please, and no fresh food.
Nina at Food for Ibiza said “Hello lovely people, I would like to write down some items what would be good for the Christmas Baskets so the receivers will have a variety of Xmas Specials and not only the rice/pasta/legumes what they have already all year around. So please feel free to select some of these to complete your `reverse advent calendar`
I will create the list in “Spanglish” but I think everybody can read it. As there are things what are typical Spanish food in Christmas time.”
- Tinned Tuna
- Tinned seafood
- Tinned grapes
- Tinned fruits
- Tinned asparagus
- Tinned tomatoes
- Olive Oil
- Polvorones (special xmas cookies)
- Frutos secos (dried fruits as well as all kind of nuts)
- Shower Gel
- Tooth paste
- Tooth brush
- Hair brush