Giving Thanks By Giving Back

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! I hope you are having a great Thanksgiving day. Even though I won’t be celebrating with my family today I want to still give thanks.

This past year my family has been truly blessed. We had a new baby boy come join our family last December. We have been healthy and despite the current economic situation we have been able to increase the amount of savings we have. That’s why when Amy from MomAdvice called for others to help make a difference in our own towns I took her up on her offer. Within days I was able to put together the six boxes and four bags of food and health and beauty items you see above. This is what I took to my local Salvation Army.

I am not going to stop here though, there’s no reason. If you have been reading this blog for a while you know it seems there is always something free after coupon at some store. I feel that my effort and time in obtaining those free items is the least I can do to help others who have been less lucky in life than I have been. In the immediate future, with the help of a sponsor I will be sponsoring two families’ holidays, including meal and gifts for the family.

You can help too. You probably often see free offers for items that maybe your family doesn’t use or need. If they are free pick them up anyway. Even if is just one item a week you are able to get free, after a few weeks you are likely to have collected a box to make a difference for someone. It just takes one person and a little bit of effort to help make someone’s present better.

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  • Centsible Savings

    I have gotten so much stuff for free, and I was hoping to find someone specific that I could be a blessing to, but I do not personally know anyone who is really in any great need. A family finally came to my attention this past week. The father lost his job, and they are literally selling their furniture just to put food in their stomachs. I was so excited to have the resources to just go through my cabinets and put together a large stash of food and toiletries! It is so great to be able to help others even though our family is not exactly loaded with money. I am certainly thankful that I discovered the world of coupons and CVS!

  • Baba

    Great idea! We often see baby products for free. Formula is a big one. We do pick them up because we know someone can use them.

  • Becky@FamilyandFinances

    Wow! That’s an awesome stash to give away. I love being able to give away my free items 🙂

  • dawn

    Craig & I contribute to our church's Mathew 25 pantry that services about 10 families a day …
    But this month we are trying to fill up boxes for families in Postville, Iowa.
    This is the community where that very large I.C.E raid took place this past summer.
    (Apparently the largest illegal alien raid in American history at that point in time.)
    This community has fallen apart after the Agriprocessors plant closed down.
    People (illegal alien & legal alien alike) are hurting.
    I guess I feel like no matter what side of the fence I stand on in regards to the whole illegal alien thing …
    I don't want to see women & children going hungry and being cold in our harsh Iowa winters.
    So that is where we are focusing our effort this month.

  • Anonymous

    You can also call your local abused women’s shelter. These women and children are often forced to leave their homes quickly and need toiletries.