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Pay It Forward: Donate Your Stockpile this Holiday Season

by Addicted to Saving on November 30, 2012

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Above is a unique Photo Show & Tell this month. I posted on Facebook a while back about organizing my stockpile. It took me a few hours and once I was done, my pantry was neat, organized and pretty to look at :)  I was pleased to see that after going through my stockpile, I actually only had a few expireds.  I would say 99% of it was still good. So I kept everything I still needed and had hubby organize our donation pile on the dining room table. As you can see, it ended up being quite a lot!  Here’s some of the haul:

  • 15 boxes of pasta
  • 9 boxes of boxed potatoes or stuffing
  • 11 boxes of organic couscous
  • 60+ canned goods
  • 14 pasta side dishes 
  • 6 jars of pasta sauce

Everything pictured above I got for at least 50% off – if not more – thanks to matching coupons with sales.

Since it’s neatly set up on our dining room table, we’ve invited a couple of friends over (with mucho kiddos) to let them “shop” our donation pile.  Once they’ve had their share, we’re going to take the food to our Life Group at church and let them shop out of the boxes we bring.  If there is still food left, then we will take them to the RCS Food Bank in Pinellas County, which our church, Calvary Baptist, has partnered with to help meet the need of the over 4000 people who go through their doors each month needing food and formula.

This holiday season, if you’ve been blessed with more food than you know what to do with, will you consider donating to a local church or shelter in your area?   If you’re not sure where to go in your local community, then just Google “food bank ministries [your city]” and you will find plenty of options.

Also if you have extra toys and presents that you’d like to donate, then make sure you check out my Toys for Tots post HERE.

If you’re able, I hope you’ll consider paying it forward this Christmastime and be a blessing to someone else.

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Utahna December 1, 2012 at 11:24 pm

I’m telling you it’s hard to find donation spots just I just been carriage around 2 big TUBS full of food items and I’m not finding donation centers anywhere I have jackets I bought on Clearance last year I bought to donate this year and still can’t find anything! It’s horrible!

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Patti December 2, 2012 at 4:41 pm

Most churches know of, or have their own Food Pantry which is an excellent source for donating our stockpiles. When at our NC home, not only do I donate goods to a church and the local food pantry, I also donate to our Senior Center. It’s amazing how grateful and appreciative the seniors are because most are on such limited incomes and if they are living in an assisted-living or similar facility, nearly all of their funds go toward their “rent”. You might want to suggest Senior Centers as a donation source, too. thanks!

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