We’ve been working on a special project here at our house lately, and I’m so excited to share it with you guys! Our Sunday School class (a group of about twenty couples), builds a home for a family on Upper Sand Mountain in North Alabama each fall. Not only do they build the house, they also fund the cost of the home. Soon after we moved to Alabama seven years ago, we attended the class for the first time and they discussed plans for building a home that year. My husband and I knew we were where we wanted to be.
The homes are built for families who fall at or below the poverty line, and would not qualify for a Habitat House. What I love about the program is that once the family is living in the home they pay back a portion of the cost of the home each month, and that money is used to begin a new house for another family.
So, I’m sure you’re wondering what on earth this has to do with coupons. (I would be too!) Well, I was talking to my husband a few months ago and we decided that it would be fun to stock the pantry of the home using coupons. (And it has been so fun to watch it add up!) We’ve purchased paper towels, cleaning supplies, toothpaste (lots of toothpaste!), cereal, pasta, sauce, soap, school supplies and more for the home. (We may just have enough toothpaste to stock not only that family, but possibly the whole Upper Sand Mountain community!)
My friends Liz & Shannon have also gotten on board, and between the three of us here’s what we purchased this week to donate . . .
The Colgate, Carolina Pride Bologna (which is headed to the freezer!), Degree, and Safeguard were all just about free at Kroger, and the Soft Scrub and Chef Boyardee priced out at less than a quarter each at Publix. So, for less than $4 all those items have been added to the donation pile. (WOOHOO!) And here’s what my guest bedroom is looking like (it may be awhile before a guest comes over to visit . . .)
Today as I was packing up this week’s deals, I realized that there was no way I had enough coupons for all those items on my own this week. But when just three of us worked together, we were able to give generously as well as stock up for our own families. It got me thinking that no one person has to coupon for an entire community, but when we all work together we can give in abundance.
So, if you have an item or two you can give to someone in need this week, consider finding a local food pantry, church or school that would be blessed by your donations. If you really want to get excited, find a specific group to donate to, and invite a few friends to join along! I’d love to hear how your grocery shopping trip went this week, and if you were able to purchase an item or two to give leave a comment to share how you’re giving passionately too.
“Again I say to you, if two of you agree on earth about anything they ask, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them.” Matthew 18:19-20