When we coupon, we help our families by saving money and staying within our family budgets (not to mention the stockpiles of food and other items). And while those reasons are in and of themselves very rewarding, there are even more potential benefits to shopping this way.
We can use our couponing skills to help others by donating items we get for cheap or free. When a need arises, we can pull from our stockpile or look for specific deals to meet those needs. Just because I personally don’t use a certain brand of shampoo doesn’t mean that someone else couldn’t benefit from it.
“In everything I did, I showed by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.'” Acts 20:35
Recently, I had the pleasure to get involved with an organization called RESET Ministries. I was able to make a donation from my own personal stockpile of items that I had acquired through couponing!
RESET Ministries serves both men and women who desire a radical change their lives. They help people find their true purpose: a life away from addiction and toward the one true answer- Jesus Christ. Along with counseling, their organization provides dignified housing and other basic needs to those they serve.
RESET started with a men’s home in Newport, Kentucky and just recently added another location in the form of a women’s home also in Newport. A friend of mine, Brittany, who works with RESET along side her parents, was tasked with getting welcome baskets together for the ladies who would live in this home. Her parents started the ministry after they had felt God’s call to help meet the needs of these people.
Brittany needed to make a basket for each lady with personal products like toothbrush, toothpaste, soaps, razors, deodorants, wash clothes, and other toiletries. She also planned to stock the linen closets with household items and the pantry with non-perishable food items. She contacted me to teach her how to coupon for these items. Luckily, all of those items were the easiest to coupon!!!
Brittany shared with me the needs of the people they would be servicing, “All new residents receive a welcome basket with toiletries, towels/washcloths and non-perishable food items. We had heard stories where people have gone a week plus without eating because some sober living homes don’t provide any food in the pantry or welcome basket.”
By watching the sales and using coupons, Brittany has put together amazing baskets for these ladies and stocked their closets.
“Don’t be afraid just stand where you are and watch, you will see the wonderful way the Lord will rescue you today.” – Exodus 14:13
Brittany explained “Anything we receive that isn’t included in the basket we use to stock their shelves. Like feminine hygiene or toilet paper. The residents are responsible for everything from paper towels to food. This can be a challenge when you are also paying for rent and you’ve just started a job. ”
Other needs for the ministry include volunteers to lead Bible Studies and make family style meals. “Another need we have are for ‘dream coaches’. These are people that are modeling their faith and sobriety in life. Not all coaches are former addicts but the point is the coach believes in sobriety and encourages the individual” explains Brittany.
Thank you Brittany for sharing your story of Couponing for Christ with us. If you are interested in volunteering or donating to RESET Ministries please checkout their website: www.resetministries.org
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