I've been having a good time stockpiling non-perishable groceries for the food pantry so far this week. Could I do it every week? Heck no. It is time consuming and whatnot - but it's also good to do this kind of stuff every now and then.
If you get into couponing or CVSing or any other store bargaining, you might find you have a large stockpile of stuff. Sometimes you need to purge it - toothpaste does expire people! If you are looking to purge some of your hygiene products or snack foods, check out a local South Shore, Massachusetts charity called Carepacks.org. CarePacks is an organization that puts together care packages for troops stationed over in Afghanistan and Iraq. They are non-profit and made up only of volunteers. Their wish list is posted HERE.
CarePacks will be at the Weymouth Elks Club, located at 1197 Washington St. Weymouth, MA from 5:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday November 11th for their 5th Annual WZLX 100.7 Veteran's Day Broadcast. They are looking for items (see the LIST - but mostly hygiene products, snacks and travel games) and cash donations. Your items and cash donations will be used to put together packages for our troops serving over in Iraq & Afghanistan.
They are also honoring a special request from a Medical/Evac unit out in Afghanistan. They are in need of donations of men's sweat pants & shirts, socks, sleep pants and boxers for wounded troops being flown out of Afghanistan to Germany or the U.S. for treatment.
I'm sure there are charities like this all over the country. So Google it and see what you find. Even if you don't have a lot, every little bit helps. Take this example: Say your kids go trick-or-treating on Halloween. They come back with 15 pounds of candy. Give them a pound or two, bag up the rest and drop it off at this CarePacks event. Leftover Halloween candy is probably one of the best (and easiest) ways to donate. Prevents you from gaining weight, prevents your children from eating too much candy, and seriously, brightens the lives of the men and women serving our country in Iraq & Afghanistan. Throw in some of those toothbrushes you have laying around (guess what, you'll probably get some more free ones at CVS next week!) and you, my friend, are a winner!