This month I challenged myself (and you!) to try Couponing for Good with Champions for Kids… an easy SIMPLE Service Project that allows you to give back even when you can’t spend a lot of money.
Earlier this month, I told you about how I used coupons to purchase items to donate. My theme was “diaper bag” and I stuffed a bag full of diapering goodies for a new mom! And saved money with coupons I used from the All You Magazine I bought in the store.
Once I had my bag of goodies together, I talked up our food pantry visit with my two-year-old son. We talked all about how much he loved snacks and how other little babies liked snacks too! And wouldn’t it be fun to share our snacks with another baby? He started getting really excited about this idea! He really is such a loving, giving kid!
On a sunny afternoon, we headed down to one of the major food pantries in our area at the Manchester Area Conference of Churches Charities building. Our visit was a great experience for me – I’ve been involved in many food drives and other types of donations over the years, but I have not actually been to a food pantry! I got to meet the kind Mrs. Dale Doll who told me a little about the work at MACC’s food pantry.
I was shocked to learn many times they get food donations of VERY expired food items! And how when prices rise on certain staples, they have shortages. Or how often people donate half of a “pair” – lots of peanut butter but no jelly, lots of tuna fish but no mayonnaise – making it challenging to fulfill a family’s food needs. Sounds simple and obvious, but I never realized these are issues food pantries deal with – and it makes me reconsider the types of items I’ll bring to food drives (no, I never donate expired foods!).
My son and I left the diaper bag with Dale, and we pray it finds its way to the right mama at the right time to be a blessing to her and her family!
Couponing for Good, promoted by Champions for Kids has been a great project for me. I used to only clip coupons of items I knew my family would use that week/month. Now, I’m clipping a bunch extra just because I know they are high-demand food pantry items! I save them in hopes of matching up with a good sale so I can continue donating even on our one income. I hope my posts about Couponing for Good have challenged you to try this new way to give back – I know I have learned a lot, and I think so has my son, even at this young age!
Did you try the Couponing for Good challenge this month? Or get involved in another volunteer opportunity? I’d love to hear about it!
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