Relief Updates…and…Couponing Advice Needed!

I’ve been able to share about some new Tornado relief options on two other blogs lately, so I wanted to update here as well.

And I know that I’m talking a LOT about our tornadoes right now – I hope you’ll understand and bear with me – but that’s quite simply our life right now.  Over half of our state’s counties have significant damage…

…And it could have SO easily been me – my family – my house.

And since I was spared, I feel a strong pull to help those who weren’t so fortunate.

Also, after my post about how Social Media is being used to specifically and immediately meet needs, many people have asked how they can be a part of that even if they’re not local.  So along those lines, there are two new options for participating no matter where you live:

1. I realize that sending money to big agencies is awkward and doesn’t feel like you’re helping hurting people.  So one of my blog friends, Beth from Unskinny Boppy, had an absolutely brilliant idea.  She met with the Christian Service Mission and set up an Amazon Wish List,  including hundreds items that are desperately needed for those families who have lost everything. All you have to do is purchase items from this wish list, and they’ll be shipped directly to the mission, who will immediately deliver them to the dozens of communities that have been devastated by these tornadoes.

2. My heart is especially burdened with the babies whose homes were destroyed.  They have no formula, no food, no diapers. I have heard heartbreaking stories of their suffering, and I am determined to help them.  So I have set up a Paypal fund – Mommies helping Mommies – that will go directly to buying formula, food, and diapers for these families. I will personally deliver the items to these communities. There is no overhead cost (I’m personally paying the Paypal fees), no agency, no expenses – just a desperate attempt to keep further tragedy from happening as a result of these storms.  If you want to donate, you can click this link, or click on the “Donate” button on the top left sidebar of my blog.

Due to my guest blogging opportunities on 5 Minutes for Mom and Southern Hospitality, I already have over $550 in the Mommies helping Mommies fund, and $400 more promised next week!!

I am SO thankful for everyone who has wanted to help Alabama, and so excited to be able to deliver hope to these families!

So I will be spending my Mother’s Day afternoon clipping coupons and scouring sales papers.

And let me admit: I am not a couponer.

Shameful, I know.

I want to be, but I just can’t find the time.  However, because so many other people have entrusted me with their funds, I want to make sure that I use them as effectively as I possibly can.

So for this project, I AM a couponer.  But I’m clueless, so please give me your tips!  We have CVS, Walgreens, Rite Aid, Publix, Piggly Wiggly, Target, and Wal-Mart around here.  I know the general idea is that I’m supposed to match sales with coupons, but that’s where my extensive couponing knowledge stops.

So please – enlighten me! Give me tips!  Tell me where to print coupons!  Send me your coupons if you don’t need them! I need help!

Thanks so much for what you all have already done – I am literally blown away with the kindness within Alabama AND outside of Alabama!