Friday, April 29, 2011
I Know Couponers are Generous Souls
I'm sure most of you know about the storms that have ravaged Alabama and other areas of the Southeast, so much devastation and so much loss of life. It is simply unreal. And completely and utterly heartbreaking. Many of us are very fortunate, however, every single person I know has a loved one, or friend, or colleague who has simply lost everything. The need for everything is great.... non-perishable foods, diapers, basic toiletries, water, clothing.... the list is endless.
We live in the South, and we are all about helping our neighbors in need. However, at this time, our resources are stretched thin. Since everyone knows someone who has lost everything, those people are understandably focusing on trying to help their loved ones in this time of great need. In some towns, everyone has lost everything, so there is no one WITH anything left to help their neighbors.
In my office today, at least 15 different emails were sent from co-workers whose friends or family had lost everything and they were appealing for help in the form of clothing, groceries, whatever anyone could spare.
There are numerous drives going on for bottled water, canned goods, etc. The problem is that the grocery stores even in barely affected areas are completely wiped out. The storms delayed regular deliveries and the shelves are cleared of bottled water, canned goods that don't have to be heated to be palatable, diapers, even the local walmart is out of basic cotton underwear as people have scrambled to get those goods to those that need it most! Gasoline is in short supply. No electricity means pumps don't work! Many once beloved pets are now homeless, and the animal shelters are also stretched to capacity to serve the needs of these animals and attempt to reunite pets with their owners!
So my plea to you is this..... if you have a great stockpile, and there is a donation center in your area, please consider making a donation. I know there are drives popping up all across the country, so please, I urge you to give with your heart, and your coupons!
Thank you from the bottom of my stressed out, storm-weary and somewhat broken heart,