I don't know about you, but I looove the show "Extreme Couponing." Well, maybe not the hoarding part, but the money-saving parts thrill me!! If you're anything like me scoring something for free feels like a huge accomplishment and I just can't stop myself. Unfortunately I'm starting to feel a bit like the above-mentioned hoarders. Not good. Check out the picture below for an idea of what I'm talking about.
Here's my idea. It seems like pretty much all of the free stuff I acquire at the grocery store are mainly toiletries that I'll never end up using because I have so many of them. What if I got a bunch of people together and we all pooled our free goodies and made individual bags for the homeless? I'm thinking we could put supplies like razors, shower gel, deodorant, toothpaste, and a toothbrush in a gallon size ziploc and distribute them to a local homeless shelter. In Arizona the number of homeless (especially families with children) has skyrocketed since the beginning of the recession and I know that local shelters are having trouble keeping up with it. Providing individuals and families with the basic necessities they need to stay clean and healthy is one way we can directly give back and impact communities in a positive way. Other items we could think about including are feminine hygiene products, diapers/wipes, pain relievers, lotion, sunscreen, and washcloths.
So what do you think? I know that if we get enough people together we could donate a ton of products! If you're interested in helping please send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. I'll coordinate things and post more details when I hear from people!