How Extreme Couponers Can Help Tornado Victims – Donate Your Stockpile Items!

Posted 05-2-2011 at 01:12 PM by Rasha

While this recession makes it difficult to donate cash money, couponers have a secret weapon… that’s right, COUPONS! You can donate from your stockpile or use current coupons and sales to affordably acquire the items requested for donations. Our hearts go out to all of the victims of natural disasters. With heavy hearts full of love and concern, it’s time to take action! Whether you are an extreme couponer or a casual bargain hunter, use your money saving skills to help now.

Commonly Requested Items for Donation:

Bottled Water
Non-perishable / Shelf Stable Food (canned food, granola bars, peanut butter, etc.)
Toiletry Items (soap, toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant, shampoo, toilet paper, feminine hygiene products, etc.)

Where to Donate – Nationwide

Salvation Army

You can donate unopened packages of water, food, toiletry items, etc. at your local Salvation Army drop off. Find Locations HERE.

LDS Humanitarian Services

LDS Humanitarian Services distribute needed items to natural disaster victims, though distributed items are stocked up well in advance. If you’d like to contribute for future natural disaster needs check the “Current Needs” list HERE. In Arizona, California, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, and Washington you can drop off donations at a local Deseret Industries store: Find Locations HERE.

Ask Your Church

Churches are wonderful resources to those in need, including being aware of the charitable events in the community. Ask your local church (any church, even if you aren’t religious) if they are collecting donations for natural disaster victims since churches tend to be the forefront of charitable causes. If you aren’t comfortable donating directly to a church, feel free to simply ask if they know of local food banks that would accept your donation.

Check Your Newspaper

Newspapers across the country are announcing local events for collecting donations for tornado victims. Don’t throw out that Sunday paper that came with your coupons, take a look for donations opportunities in your area.

Where to Donate – In the South

Newspaper and volunteer websites are spreading the word about where to donate in the south.

Alabama Donation Drop-Off Locations

(Please see links for more information)

Tuscaloosa News

Toomer’s for Tuscaloosa

Blog – Alabama

Magic City Post

Red Cross – Marion County

Rock Creek Church of Christ

Work Volunteer Abroad

Five Points Baptist

Mississippi Donation Drop-Off Locations

C Dispatch

North Carolina Donation Drop-Off Locations

ABC News 11

Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina

Inter-Faith Food Shuttle


If you have information on local natural disaster relief donation drives please post it HERE and let’s make sure everyone has “A Full Cup!”


43 Responses to “How Extreme Couponers Can Help Tornado Victims – Donate Your Stockpile Items!”

  1. babymacksmom on May 2nd, 2011 1:37 pm

    I can tell you baby formula and diapers are in high demand here in Alabama right now. Please check your 4/3 Smartsource inserts for the $3 and $5 Similac coupons. You can get free and cheap formula at Wal-Mart with these coupons. Please use them and donate the formula to those in need. I live in Alabama, 1 hour from Tuscaloosa. I have heard stories of numerous infants/children whose parents have not been located yet. These kids have tags on them with the location they were found to hopefully help identify them. I used my coupons and sent 20 of the ready to feed quarts of Similac to Tuscaloosa with my husband on Saturday. Temporary Emergency Services told him that baby items are going out as quick as it comes in :-(

    These kids need our help!

  2. Rebekah S. on May 2nd, 2011 1:47 pm

    I have lots of coupons for baby formula, diapers, and other items. I will be willing to mail them to someone if they are close to a disaster area and are willing to go purchase the products and donate them.

    I am in Oklahoma so it would not be easy for me to ship this much stuff there.

    Let me know if I can help.

  3. Wade Kwon on May 2nd, 2011 1:56 pm

    Thanks for putting together this list and for including Magic City Post’s list. And thanks to your readers for helping us out in Alabama during our time of greatest need.

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  12. Darci on May 2nd, 2011 6:47 pm

    Thanks for this info! The LDS church does an amazing job of distributing donations so I’m glad that was included here. I hope to get my donations to them soon.

  13. Lisa on May 2nd, 2011 7:00 pm

    Toomers for Tuscaloosa is listed under the AL donation sites above, but they have a comprehensive list of sites nationwide that are accepting donations, visit

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  15. Ellen on May 2nd, 2011 8:34 pm

    for anyone not living in the south check out
    they have people from all over the country posting that they have drop off points for supplies & many 18 wheelers are donating time & trailers to get the items there…thousands of people desperately need your help!!

  16. CanCan on May 2nd, 2011 9:47 pm

    In alabama they are also requesting batteries. THey specifically asked for NO MORE clothes donations at this time.

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  21. kandikid82 on May 3rd, 2011 8:37 am

    I donated my entire stockpile this past Saturday. I was close enough to just drive there with my SUV load to the hilt.

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  28. Linda on May 3rd, 2011 5:06 pm

    Unfortunantly many that stockpile(in huge amounts and hoard) comes greed, I see it on one of my boards all the time, people sell their stockpiles they do NOT give it away!

    ** I am a avid couponer and do stockpile items, but do not hoard…my limit is 20 per item and I only save a couple for my household the rest is distributed among my family and friends, and also give to the church pantry on a regular basis and have been doing that for the past 10 years.

    **I donate items that get looked over like, baby formula, toothpaste , deodorant, baby diapers, pads, tampons, body wash, bar soap, dish detergent, laundry detergent, dryer sheets etc…things that people really need besides just food.

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  30. jctngirl on May 3rd, 2011 8:27 pm

  31. divephantom19 on May 3rd, 2011 8:49 pm

    A fireman told me that they desperately need baby food, formula, diapers, etc. in Tuscaloosa. My mom and I are spending Mother’s Day taking them supplies from Birmingham that we’ve bought or had given to us. If anyone sends me some high-value baby coupons, they will be put to good use. I will either buy the items or give them to the victims myself.

  32. divephantom19 on May 3rd, 2011 8:50 pm

    Oh, I loaded up at the Dollar Tree…shaving cream, toothpaste, toothbrushes, snack bars, all that stuff. Our car will groan all the way to T’Town.

  33. Julie Prejean on May 3rd, 2011 10:22 pm

    Wish I had known this prior to shopping today. I certainly would have done better however i do have some items to send but dont know where to get them to. Maybe our local Red Cross will be heading there. I will ck it out.

  34. Rasha on May 3rd, 2011 11:07 pm

    @jctngirl THANK YOU!!!

  35. missdizzy on May 4th, 2011 3:55 am

    I’m sorry I was trying to post some information from our EMA website where they are posting on where donations can be sent or how people can help out. I wasn’t quite sure where to post, Please feel free to move If I’ve placed in the wrong forum. I hope your able to open up!/notes/cleveland-bradley-ema/donations-and-volunteer-information/147362662001256

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  37. Kathy Sweeton on May 4th, 2011 9:17 am

    I Live in Cleveland Tn,My Grandchildren lost their home there are so many people who have donated we are so thankful,and we Thank God our family are all ok if they had been in there home they would not be here right now.The devastation is so bad here and unless you see it you would not believe how bad it is.We went and dug thru rubble to try and find pictures and things of that matter,so many people helped it touches my heart and I am so THANKFUL TO GOD FOR EVERYTHING WE ARE BLESSED SO MUCH.GOD BLESS EACH AND EVERYONE OF YOU THAT ARE HELPING.

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  39. Kristy Liverett on May 5th, 2011 1:08 pm

    We would love to have your donations to pass to families and children in need including but not limited to: Blount, Jefferson and Cullman County areas.
    Our physical church address is
    Rock Creek Church of Christ
    20 Mill Creek Road
    Warrior, Alabama 35180

    Our web address is

    Any donations to help the tornado victims would be greatly appreciated.

  40. Kim on May 6th, 2011 9:48 am

    I live in Florence, Alabama which is untouched but very close to many of the hard hit areas. As I am shopping for the victims I keep hearing people say that sunscreen is needed. The sun is very strong here, and many places are destroyed with no shade trees at all. Our victims are searching days on end in the sun trying to salvage anything to give them hope.

  41. Becky on May 6th, 2011 1:30 pm

    Please don’t forget Glade Spring, VA and Chilhowie, VA…these two small towns were hit with EF3s and EF2s, but nothing about them is on the national news….

  42. Adrisart on May 7th, 2011 12:59 pm

    Thanks for the post. I went I got all the formula I could to send. This is a good way to help.

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