The Bedford Kindness Facebook group has been overwhelmed by the generosity of Bedfordians since they launched their advent calendar appeal to bring some festive cheer to families in need.
Organiser, Sue Pearson, launched the campaign on World Kindness Day (13 November) in collaboration with three charities working with families: FACES, Bedford Foodbank and Families First Bedfordshire.
They are asking kind-hearted Bedfordians to donate advent calendars for them to distribute to each of their charity partners and within days, the group has been blown away by the generosity of the community.
“It may be a small gesture but the people of Bedford are so kind and we have already had a brilliant and positive response,” said Sue.
“Since the Bedford Kindness page was set up in March, our main aim has always been to be kind and help others in the Bedford community.
“Christmas can be a tough time for many families and it is likely to be tough for even more people this year.
“We decided to do an advent calendar appeal for two weeks to spread a little bit of kindness to children throughout December. It was important to us to work through established charities who are able to identify the families and children to help.
“For for this reason we will be passing the calendars to FACES, Bedford Foodbank and Families First Bedfordshire by 24 November. This will give them enough time to distribute them before the all important 1 December.”
There are drop off points throughout the Borough and you can find out your nearest one by heading to the Bedford Kindness Facebook page and commenting on Sue’s post or messaging the organisers via the page.