LANSING | In less than four years, more than 100 boxes of coupons have been sent to military bases overseas to help families save some money on items purchased at commissaries.
The project, led by Pat Leck, of Lansing, started in May 2010 when a group of ladies from the Lansing Business Women's Association sat down to clip some coupons to help out the military families. Military bases accept coupons that are up to six months past their expiration dates. That first box weighed in at over 16 pounds.
Since then, coupons have been mailed to over 25 military bases and the group has amassed a collection of thank you notes, letters and certificates to show appreciation to the LBWA. The 105th box was mailed recently to a U.S. Air Force base in Spangdahlem, Germany.
As the project has grown, others have been enlisted to help with clipping and sorting. Volunteers are invited to come to a monthly coupon clipping session at the Lansing Public Library. Coupon clipping is done from 9:30 a.m. to noon and from 6 to 7:30 p.m. the first Monday of the month. The next date is April 7.
If you can’t make those times, coupons can be picked up at the Fashionette, 3334 Ridge Road, to take home to clip out. Coupons need to be sorted into four groups (grocery, nongrocery, pets and diapers.) Donations are also needed to help pay shipping costs, which are $14.85 per box.
“We had a Navy wife send us a personal note saying she saved $15 from using the coupons. Another personal note called us patriots,” Leck said. “l don't think people realize how much a little effort can help so many of our military families overseas.”
If you have coupons you would like to donate, they can be dropped off at several Lansing locations including the Lansing Area Chamber of Commerce, Eisenhower Fitness Center, Fashionette, First National Bank, Insurance Place, Lansing Library, Lansing Municipal Center and Ridge Animal Clinic. If you have a church group, club group, Scout group, etc. that is willing to spend time clipping and sorting, arrangements can be made for a drop off. For more information on the project, contact Leck at (708) 323-5232.