Posted: November 22, 2010

16.7 million children in the USA live in households where food is insecure (from  They don’t know where their next meal will come from.  I look at my two children and can’t imagine the pain other mothers must feel not being able to fully feed their children.  Some of you reading this may have been in their situation before.

When it comes to giving, as couponers and cuckoo dealers we are much more capable of giving what is needed on a regular basis.  Not just during Thanksgiving and Christmas, but we are able to get items weekly for free.

When I post a deal about free razors, I hope you don’t skip over it if you are overflowing with razors (I know I am!) but you instead take the few extra minutes in your shopping trip to get those free razors, and then donate them to charity.  Many woman’s shelters are in need year round for supplies.  I wish I remember the blog I was reading, but I forgot, however I remember the story.  The lady told about how women were using toilet paper for tampons.  I remember being in high school and being so afraid of a leak.  Could you imagine using toilet paper?   Tampons and pads are things we can regularly get for free with coupon deals, so I hope if you are stocked up (me again!) that you would consider still doing the deal, and then donating the items to your local charity. Most of the things we get at Walgreens, Rite Aid, and CVS each week would be greatly appreciated year-round.

Now I am not going to list charities since there are hundreds of  terrific ones, but some areas to start are at your local church or maybe  a local shelter.   Once you start digging around, you will find people to point you in the right direction.  What a fun family activity that can last all year.

I did not start donating right when I started couponing.  I had no stockpile.  I got my stockpile, then I started much more giving. I don’t know if that’s the way to go about it, but I am saying that not everyone is always able to give, and I understand.

Also, often stores will say “Donate $5 for 6 cans of food for a family!”  As a couponer, I never donate.  I instead donate 12 or more cans of food that cost me less than $5. So don’t feel bad about not taking every opportunity to give that is offered to you at every store; we can give in greater ways.

For a Holiday-related family activity, Walmart has set up barrels outside of their stores to collect goods during the holidays; here’s what is needed most:

  • Canned Meats (tuna, chicken, stews)
  • Peanut Butter & Jelly
  • Spaghetti Sauce & Noodles
  • Canned Beans (baked, garbanzo, kidney)
  • Canned Vegetables
  • Canned Fruits (in light syrup)
  • Juice Boxes (100% juice)
  • Cereals (boxed, oatmeal)

I am going to have a very fun giveaway coming up soon for a $50 gift certificate. But I want the winner to use the money to give back in their community, take a picture (video would be awesome!) and send us the results of what they were able to give to a family for Christmas.   I know this isn’t a gift certificate for food, which would be better, but this is what I have to give.  Subscribe for reminders about giveaways so you don’t miss it.

Please leave a comment and let me know of any great tips you have to fight hunger or fun things your family is doing this year to help others.

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