South Shields woman’s charity alternative advent calendar goes viral

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A South Tyneside woman is hoping to bring Christmas cheer to homeless people across the globe after her kind-hearted advent calender idea went viral.

Louise Scott, from Westoe Crown Village, South Shields, decided she wasn’t going to buy a chocolate advent calendar this year.

Instead, the 33-year-old personal trainer found an empty box and vowed to place one non-perishable item inside every day of the month and donate it to a shelter for the homeless on Christmas Eve.

However, Louise’s idea, which she posted on Facebook earlier this week, has taken the Internet by storm and has already been shared by 74,000 people across the world.

She said: “I honestly can’t believe it, I am emotional thinking about it to be honest.

“I just wanted to spread some Christmas cheer to those who may not otherwise have had the best of Christmases.

I just wanted to spread some Christmas cheer.

Louise Scott

“It was just a spur of the moment thing, I hadn’t really thought about it, in fact the box was just lying there off my mam’s birthday present.”

She added: “Now I’ve had people getting in touch with me from America and Australia to say they’re going to do the same.

“So many people will have a nicer Christmas now. It’s amazing.”

Louise will be donating her boxes to the South Tyneside Community Foodbank, which includes the Key Project, in Wawn Street, South Shields and New Hope Church, in Robinson Street, South Shields, plus Hebburn Helps, based at the Hebburn Precinct.

However, she is encouraging others to also donate, but by December 22.

Louise said: “I will be handing over the boxes collected by family and friends on December 22.

“I’d love to, but I can’t possibly take everyone else boxes too, I’d be swamped with them at this rate.

“I know the date isn’t the exact end of advent, but it will give the volunteers time to sort things and hand the donations out to those who need it.”

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