Throughout the year we acquire several free items both from subscribing to various freebie sites, and using a combination of coupons/store sales. During the Holiday Season we donate them.
So far, our free items are as follows: 2 reusable razors complete with blades, a blank journal with pen, white t-shirt size medium, 2 travel size soaps, 1 laundry sample, 3 cereal bars, 1 small box of granola, and 1 stuffed animal. Although there are only a few items here, just think what we could accomplish if everyone who could, donated just this much. There are approximately 300 million US citizens. If only 10% of us did this there would be 60 million razors, 90 million cereal bars, etc. You get the idea. Acquiring these items only cost the time it took to enter in a mailing address online.
A few other ways we accumulate items to donate: by using sites such as www.couponmom.com and www.thegrocerygame.com, shopping year-end sales for the next season, and buying in bulk. As a few examples of items in our arsenal against hunger and poverty, we have 10 bags of spaghetti @ .50 cents each, 10 jars of spaghetti sauce @ .57 cents each, 6 shampoo/conditioner combos @ .77 cents each, 2 pair of gloves @ .50 cents each, etc…
There is real power in numbers. Together, we could make a difference. What are you doing?