The generosity of parents and staff at Little Laybirds will hopefully ensure that a few less people will go hungry this Christmas.
This year, we introduced a reverse advent calendar which rather than opening a door to get a chocolate or see a picture, you give something instead.
In this case, the nursery asked parents if they would donate a range of items each day so they could be given to two local charities – Thornaby food bank and Salvation Army.
Items requested included nappies, baby food, tinned goods, dried pasta, cereal, soup, shower gel, toothpaste, hand wipes and laundry powder.
Parents and staff responded fantastically to the appeal, far exceeding the expectations of the nursery.
Manager Claire Harrison-Jones said: “This is the first time we have done something like this, but we are so pleased we did as people have been so generous.
“One food bank told us that they are supporting 60 families at the minute and the other has had an increase of 400% since March of families and individuals needing their support due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
“So, when you hear this, you realise how lucky you are and we just glad to have been able to give something back to our local communities.”food banks, little ladybirds day nursery, reverse advent calendar