Couponing for Good – DONATION DAY! A speaking engagement plus a visit to Ryves Youth Center

by on March 29, 2012 in Personal Experiences

Today was a great day!

Two big things happened today:

  1. I presented at my first speaking engagement as The Coupon Snob
  2. I visited Ryves Youth Center at Etling Hall to drop off my Couponing for Good donations

I am super pumped about both of those things! I took a lot of pictures, so please check them out and then read on…

All month long I have been writing about Couponing for Good and how you can give back to your community. By using coupons you can give more and spend less. That’s a win-win situation!

To catch up on what’s been going on, check out these links:

But back to today…

I spoke at a Ladies Luncheon group today. A friend shared some basic information about the feeding programs at Ryves Youth Center, and I shared basic information about coupons, and how you can give without going broke.

As part of the lunch we invited everyone to participate in a “sample drive” where we collected sample sized products for donation. We got a TON of samples and DOUBLED the amount of bags I was able to take and donate tonight!!

I also displayed everything I bought in my Couponing for Good shopping trip and had the ladies guess how much I spent. The four ladies that were closest to the price got a Couponing for Good Starter Pack that contained $115+ in cut manufacturer coupons plus a mini coupon organizer!

Again, feel free to jump over to my photo album on Google+ to see all the pictures.

As soon as I got off work my friend helped me load up all the items and we headed out to Ryves Youth Center. We took the items inside and I got a brief tour of part of their facility.

Ryves Youth Center is part of Catholic Charities, but operates all its own programs, including several feeding programs. You can read a little bit more about Ryves Youth Center in my original challenge to my fellow Hautians, but it really boils down to this: they feed hungry kids EVERY DAY.

They pack bags of food on Thursday nights to send home with kids for the weekend, but they also serve dinner every night after school, and feed preschoolers during the day.

You can download a PDF about the Feeding America Backpack Program that they participate in, but what you really need to know is that this center provides much needed food to children in my community, and they need our help to keep doing it! You can see more pictures in my photo album on Google+.

Here’s what they always have a need for:

  • Canned soups
  • Ramen noodles
  • Fruit cups
  • Fresh fruit
  • Cereal bars
  • Individual cereal boxes/bowls
  • Canned vegetables
  • Soap
  • Shampoo
  • Maxi pads – both liners and super absorbent pads
  • deodorant
  • Lice Shampoo ** this is always a need, and often a costly item, so it would be much appreciated!

But you know what the really cool thing is? Beyond the fact that they feed hungry kids every day, they also do so much more! They provide a safe place for those kids to go after school, they teach classes like Amateur Radio, they tutor and they do all sorts of educational and social activities.

If you live in Terre Haute, I hope that you will consider helping out Ryves Youth Center, with your donations and more importantly, with your time!

Want more information about service projects like this one? Check out these links!

#CBias #AllYouCFK – I am thrilled to be able to participate in this campaign, and hope you will join me in my efforts to raise awareness of the Champions for Kids SIMPLE service projects! This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias.

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