Reversing tradition

Library staff Arlene Bird with food donations at Sunbury Library (Damjan Janevski). 371199_02

The festive season is often focused on food, family, gifts and traditions.

A new initiative from the Sunbury Library is flipping the advent calendar tradition on its head, to provide food for people who need it most.

The library has teamed up with Careworks to expand the food donation initiative to support its reverse advent calendar.

Library officer Fay Bolch said people can donate by picking up specially designed boxes from the library or can make and decorate one themselves.

“The idea is to then put an item, or more if you would like, into the box for 20 days,” she said.

“At the end of that time you drop the box back to the library and Careworks will come and pick it up.

“[It] is designed to encourage giving to people in the community that are going through a hard time financially which flows down to create food poverty in the home.

“It is a great initiative to do with your kids and show them how giving back can make an incredible difference to someone’s life.”

Ms Bolch said the initiative ends on December 7, but they will be taking late entries as they appreciate it is a very busy time of the year.