Download the Reverse Advent Calendar 2023!

We’ve updated the holly jolly for your 2023 holiday season!

‘Tis the season for holiday sharing and caring — but mostly for seasonal fun!

Since we know how much you love feeling JOLLY during the holiday season, the FUUD Pantry at Shawnee Mission Unitarian Universalist Church is offering the perfect win-win activity: The Reverse Advent Calendar!

How the Reverse Advent Calendar Works

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It’s simple.

  1. Download the pdf of the calendar and print it out.
  2. Shop, collect, or make a scavenger hunt of the items on the list
  3. Ho-ho-haul the items to the FUUD Pantry (see hours below)

That’s it!

Reverse Advent Calendar FAQs

Do I receive bonus points if I sing holiday cheer loudly for all to hear?

Am I a complete failure if I don’t complete the list?
Heck no! In fact, any amount you collect and deliver to the FUUD Pantry automagically puts you on the NICE LIST!

I have a lot of rusted, dented, and expired foods in my cupboard, plus open stale cereal. Will that do?
Uhhh no. Please throw that out. We are not allowed to accept expired or opened products.

Can I share this list with others?
Yes, PLEASE! Some people even create Facebook events of their own or share the list with their church! Feel free to share our Reverse “Advent” Calendar to anyone or any group who wishes to participate. The FUUD Pantry is always in need of shelf stable food.

What hours can I drop off the food?
Our hours for drop-off are Tuesdays 1:30-5:30 p.m., Sundays 10 a.m. to Noon. Or you can call or text for an appointment. A friendly elf will assist you: 913-228-2993

By the way, what is “Advent”?
For those not familiar with Advent, it’s a season of expectant waiting and preparation for the celebration of the nativity of Jesus. Most Christian religions celebrate the four weeks/four Sundays before Christmas as a time of spiritual preparation.

secular Advent Calendar

There are many kinds of secular and non-secular Advent calendars out there.

For those who don’t celebrate Advent: with the arrival of winter’s low dark sky, communities around the world look to the miracle of light as a sign of rebirth and a source of hope.

We can celebrate the promise of new life and recommit ourselves to the protection of everyone’s right to his or her own radiant humanity.