The sun came out yesterday and I was up early enough to take my food bank donation in finally. Here is what left my house........
4 x Star-Kist Tuna pouches
7 x Horizon Mac and Cheese boxes
6 x Purex Laundry Detergent jugs
4 x Dinty Moore Stew cans
5 x Hellman's Mayo jars
3 x French's Mustard bottles
2 x French's Ketchup bottles
4 x Hormel Chili cans
9 x Barilla Pasta boxes
8 x Finesse Shampoo bottles
4 x Assorted Deodorants
8 x Oral-B Toothbrushes
8 x Colgate Toothpaste tubes
9 x Feminine Pads boxes
2 x J&J Baby Wash
4 x Vaseline/Keri/Jergens Lotion
It took up the whole backseat of my Sonic.
And afterwards I realized that I had forgotten to take the Progresso Soups too. sigh.
All this cost me about $37 out of pocket between deals/sales/coupons and mostly free toiltries.
A nice little donation for just a little extra work and pocket change really.
The money spent really doesn't impact our budget but it helps my community at large.
And I don't do this for the tax write-off either anymore. Seeing as we haven't had a mortgage deduction for the last 8 years(seeing as the house is paid off)we just don't have enough other deductions to itemize them so we just get to take the standard deduction on our taxes. This means any charity we give either in cash or "things" we see no side benefit....other than feeling good knowing we are helping someone out there, get through another day.
Feeling good about ourselves is our selfish pleasure in all this. 8-)
To find a food pantry in your area go HERE.
Most can use volunteers.
If you don't have enough time in your schedule to volunteer or your local food bank doesn't need volunteers like mine doesn't(we have a small army of elderly women running ours), I am sure they would accept cash and/or donations of food and personal healthcare items/toiletries/tp/etc.