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If we're not dealing with a pandemic we're dealing with inflation! The cost of food is at an all-time high and it's hard on all of our budgets. For the people who were already struggling to keep food on their family table, they're struggling even more. We're asking that you do whatever you can – the full 24 day calendar, part of the calendar, a gift card – whatever works for your family. It's amazing the difference we can make when everyone does even just a little.


If you're new to the food drive, here's how it works...Traditional Advent calendars have numbered boxes containing a sweet treat to mark the 24 days leading up to Christmas. We’re encouraging you to have a Reverse Advent Calendar! With each day that passes you give something rather than receive— an item of food that will be donated to a local food pantry.

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1.  Find a sturdy bag or box and place a food item within it for each day of Advent using the list provided. This is your Reverse Advent Calendar! (Feel free to include a note of good wishes for the New Year or a drawing from your child.)
2.  Drop off your donation:

KC HALL | 15 N. Hickory Ave | Arlington Heights

SUNDAY, JANUARY 8 | 1:00 – 5:00 pm

That’s it!  
Donations will be delivered to the following food pantries:
Mount Prospect Food Pantry
Northwest Compass
Journeys | The Road Home


No problem! We are accepting $25 cash donations which will be used to purchase gift cards from local grocery stores. Gift cards can be used to purchase fresh produce and frozen foods not available at local food pantries. Last year we were able to purchase over $1,900 in gift cards that were divided up between the food pantries!

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At a time when the meaning of Christmas can easily get lost in the chaos of a world gone crazy, what better way to share with your family the true spirit of the season. Create your own Reverse Advent Calendar and count down the days by helping those less fortunate right here in our community.


If you have any questions email

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