Friday, May 6, 2011

How Extreme Couponers Can Help Tornado Victims – Donate Your Stockpile Items!

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While this recession makes it difficult to donate cash money, couponers have a secret weapon… that’s right, COUPONS! You can donate from your stockpile or use current coupons and sales to affordably acquire the items requested for donations. Our hearts go out to all of the victims of natural disasters. With heavy hearts full of love and concern, it’s time to take action! Whether you are an extreme couponer or a casual bargain hunter, use your money saving skills to help now.

Commonly Requested Items for Donation:
Bottled Water
Non-perishable / Shelf Stable Food (canned food, granola bars, peanut butter, etc.)
Toiletry Items (soap, toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant, shampoo, toilet paper, feminine hygiene products, etc.)

Where to Donate – Nationwide
Salvation Army
You can donate unopened packages of water, food, toiletry items, etc. at your local Salvation Army drop off. Find Locations HERE.
LDS Humanitarian Services
LDS Humanitarian Services distribute needed items to natural disaster victims, though distributed items are stocked up well in advance. If you’d like to contribute for future natural disaster needs check the “Current Needs” list HERE. In Arizona, California, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, and Washington you can drop off donations at a local Deseret Industries store: Find Locations HERE.
Ask Your Church
Churches are wonderful resources to those in need, including being aware of the charitable events in the community. Ask your local church (any church, even if you aren’t religious) if they are collecting donations for natural disaster victims since churches tend to be the forefront of charitable causes. If you aren’t comfortable donating directly to a church, feel free to simply ask if they know of local food banks that would accept your donation.
Check Your Newspaper
Newspapers across the country are announcing local events for collecting donations for tornado victims. Don’t throw out that Sunday paper that came with your coupons, take a look for donations opportunities in your area.
Where to Donate – In the South
Newspaper and volunteer websites are spreading the word about where to donate in the south.
Alabama Donation Drop-Off Locations
(Please see links for more information)
Tuscaloosa News
Toomer’s for Tuscaloosa
Blog – Alabama
Magic City Post
Red Cross – Marion County
Work Volunteer Abroad
Five Points Baptist
Mississippi Donation Drop-Off Locations
C Dispatch

North Carolina Donation Drop-Off Locations
ABC News 11
Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina
Inter-Faith Food Shuttle

If you have information on local natural disaster relief donation drives please post it HERE and let’s make sure everyone has “A Full Cup!”
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