Monday, November 5, 2012

Giving Back!

I had planned on starting a short series this week on Homemade, Handmade and Eco-Friendly gift-giving but I have something to share that is SO MUCH more important!

Every year around Thanksgiving people start thinking about what they are thankful for and ways they can give back.  This is the season of food drives and toy collections.  But what about the rest of the year?  

I am a member of a local non-profit Women's Club which is part of the GFWC or General Federation of Women's Clubs.  There are volunteer opportunities year round (plus a bit of socializing).

Since becoming a member of the GFWC I have been involved in homeless shelters for women and children, donating thousands of dollars in school supplies and funds for local schools and children in need, collecting books to help support our local libraries and even a fundraiser to help save our historical building.  I am proud to be a member!

I am confident that my time and donations have been put to good useWe are women serving our community!

I have an opportunity for you to support our military families.  Jessica over at Battling the Home Front brought to my attention that Military families are in need.  She has asked for donations of expired coupons but I think we can do better than that!

What you may not know: Commissaries both in the US and around the world will accept manufacturers coupons up to 6 months after they expire!
Approx $500 worth of printed coupons
I asked our club to get involved and I am collecting coupons for our Military families both in the US and around the world.  I urge you to get involved! 

Overseas Coupon Program
Coupons to Troops
Approx $1500 worth of coupons


Unknown said...

I love this idea!

Thank you for linking up with Super Sunday Sync this week. Hope to see you next week!

cgammeter said...

Hi Mary: New GFC friend from the blog hop. Hope you will stop by and be mine, too.
Connie @

Anne @ Unique Gifter said...

Fascinating - that is good to know!
PS - you should let me know when you do your eco-friendly gift ideas and I will link to them from my site! (which is all about gifts!)

Mary Smith said...

Thank you Anne! It should be Friday but I'll let you know.

The Domesticated Princess said...

This is wonderful. Our church collects expired coupons too. At first I thought they were nuts 'til I learned why. I love hearing about people helping our military. After all, they sacrifice their lives for us.

Unknown said...

Thanks for the tip on the coupons. I thought I had heard that before but wasn't sure where I could send them. Thanks so much for sharing on Tout It Tuesday! Hope to see you next week.

Unknown said...

Lovely! Would love it if you linked up on my blog hop Also let me know if you'd like to follow each other! said...

What a great idea! My sister-in-law does this too!

P.S. I'm hosting a $50 Shabby Apple Giveaway on my blog, you should come check it out!

Gale said...

I don't collect coupons as much as I used to (don't get the paper anymore...started using more fresh and store brand so it stopped being worth it to buy the paper), but when I did I sent coupons there. Such a good cause. Thanks for highlighting it!

Erica said...

What a great idea! thanks for letting us know about it. stopping by from the earning my cape super link up!

Theresa Mahoney said...

This is such a wonderful idea and a great and inexpensive way to show our troops support.

Thanks for sharing this information!

Stopping by from Katherine's Thursday Hop. Happy to be your newest follower :)

Theresa’s Mixed Nuts

Adorned From Above said...

Hi Mary,
This is great information. I love the idea. I am bad about collecting coupons, but I will start taking them from the Sunday paper and will send them in. Thanks so much for sharing at Wednesday's Adorned From Above Link Party.
Debi @ Adorned From Above

Mary Smith said...

Thank you all for stopping by and leaving wonderful comments!!! My eco-friendly gift giving series had begun.
Today is Jars!

Unknown said...

What a wonderful idea. I'm now your newest follower. And thanks for sharing at Mom's Library Link-Up!

Nicole said...

Thank you for sharing on Show Off Friday!

Jessi @ Practically Functional said...

Great idea! Thanks for sharing at The Fun In Functional!

Trish - Mom On Timeout said...

So good to know! Thanks so much for sharing at Mom On Timeout! Have a great week!

Betsy Pool said...

This is a great idea! Thanks for sharing it and linking up at Romance on a dime.