This December, Dawson County Family Connection will collect items for its “Reverse Advent Calendar”, encouraging community members to help meet a need for someone else each day between Dec. 1 and Christmas Day.
Normal advent calendars will often include getting a treat every day in December leading up to Christmas, but the goal of the Family Connection reverse calendar is to purchase an item for someone else during the holiday season. The calendar lists some common, easy-to-find items that are real needs for people in the county. According to Family Connection Coordinator Rebecca Bliss, these items are some of the most needed donations asked for by the organizations that Family Connection partners with.
“We actually contacted several different agencies that we work with in Dawson County and asked them what some of their specific needs were,” Bliss said, “so the items that are on the calendar are actually physical requests by an agency in Dawson County that helps Dawson County residents in some way, shape or form.”
The items on the calendar range from socks to grocery gift cards, and each day contains a new gift idea. According to Bliss, all of the items purchased and donated for the calendar will go to those in need in the local community.
“All the items that we collect will go to different agencies throughout Dawson County and they will go to Dawson County residents specifically,” Bliss said. “I know that a lot of people like to know that their dollars are going to help out people in the community, and that’s exactly where it’s going.”
Donations can be bought in a store and dropped off in donation boxes like the one at the Family Connection office, which is located at 96 Academy Avenue.
Bliss added any office, business or church that wants to provide another drop box location is welcomed to do so, and that new locations will be announced on social media. To receive a collection bin and get your business or office set up as a drop box location, call Family Connection at 706-265-1981.
In addition to buying the gifts in a store, items can be purchased off of the Family Connection Reverse Advent Calendar Amazon Wishlist, which will deliver the items directly to Family Connection. To view the wishlist or purchase items off of it, go to https://a.co/bYBDR8C.
To view the Reverse Advent Calendar, learn more about Family Connection or stay updated on new drop box locations as they are announced, go to https://www.facebook.com/Dawson-County-Family-Connection-197796903628910. For any additional questions, call Dawson County Family Connection at 706-265-1981.
Bliss said she and her team are excited to hold the Reverse Advent Calendar for the second year, and that they are hopeful this year will be as successful as last year.
“We’re excited about the event, and we do find that there’s just a lot of people in this community that want to give back and this is a great way for them to do so,” Bliss said. “It was a success last year, and we’re hoping it will be a success this year as well.”