Make the advent countdown count with YMCA Trinity Group
Make the advent countdown count with YMCA Trinity Group

YMCA Trinity Group suggests 24 ways to make a difference this advent.

Advent calendars might be getting more and more elaborate and more and more expensive but YMCA Trinity Group has the perfect reminder of the true spirit of Christmas with a list of things you can do to make this year’s countdown really count.

Whether fundraising ideas or just a random act of kindness the list below can help you make a difference to a young person in need this Christmas.


  1. Knit a hat for a homeless person
  2. Hold a Christmas bake sale
  3. Donate old coats, jumpers, hats and scarves
  4. Hold a Christmas raffle for work colleagues or friends
  5. Write a Christmas card for a YMCA resident and let them know you’re thinking of them
  6. Get everyone you know to help you collect a mile of pennies for mental health
  7. Buy a hot drink for a homeless person.
  8. Become an appropriate adult volunteer for young people in police custody
  9. Sponsor a child to attend the pantomime – £60 will buy two children and their guardians a ticket to see Snow White at the Cresset, an ice-cream and a gift from Santa
  10. Collect Christmas food for YMCA residents
  11. Collect gifts for YMCA residents
  12. Wear a Christmas hat to work and get sponsored
  13. Become a fundraising volunteer
  14. Go for a sponsored bike ride dressed as Santa
  15. Be sponsored to give up chocolate for December
  16. Burn off your Christmas calories with a sponsored exercise-athon
  17. Hold a Christmas quiz
  18. Become a volunteer in one our gyms
  19. Donate what you would spend on Christmas cards to YMCA
  20. Donate £5 to buy 10 mins of counselling for a young person
  21. Donate a book for one of our housing projects
  22. Hold a Christmas movie night fundraiser
  23. Donate old blankets and sleeping bags
  24. Have a toy clear out and donate outgrown ones to our nurseries


For details of where to deliver your donations or to download a fundraising pack please see the  full advent calendar.


Share your countdown to Christmas on social media using #24GiftsofChristmas


YMCA Trinity Group is a part of a federation of 113 independent YMCAs, forming the oldest and largest youth charity in the world.