I have been couponing for a long time. In March of this year, with the help of your book “How to shop for Free”, I took it to the Extreme. When I started on this journey I created a personal mission, I wanted to help others while saving my family money. Just before Easter a co-worker told me about a family in need. Both mom and dad were in jail and their 9 kids were in the custody of the Grandfather who did little more than provide a roof over their heads. Hearing this heartbreaking story I decided this was my chance to make a difference. Since I was just a newbie my stockpile was small but I was determined to help these Kids have a good Easter. I took inventory and was surprised at just how much I had built up. Even with 9 mouths’ to feed I had more than enough to help them without clearing my shelves. Since there were a few items I wanted to add to the gift basket I spent hours scouring the ads, clipping/printing coupons testing my new found skills to help complete my donation. The Saturday evening before Easter my husband and I set out with a huge basket and 4 bags filled with food. We were a bit nervous since we had heard that the Grandfather was not nice and feared that he would turn us away. With our goodies in hand we knocked on the door and held our breath. A precious little girl, roughly 4 or 5 years old, answered the door. We told her Happy Easter and that all this was for them. She just stood their with her mouth wide open in disbelief. Curious as to what was going on some of her brother’s and sister’s came to the door. None of them could believe that all the food was for them. We could hear the whoops and hollers as the news traveled through the little house. One of the older boys made the comment that it was a little early for the Easter Bunny. We told him that the Easter Bunny was pretty busy this year and he had asked us to help him out. The young man just smiled and thanked us as he took the heavy basket into the house. As we got in our car and pulled away more and more little faces appeared at the door to see who had brought the gift that would keep them from going hungry that night. With tears in our eyes we simply waved and wished them all a Happy Easter. It was such an incredible feeling knowing that because of what I was able to do with my couponing 9 children would not be going hungry that night.
To this day they have no idea who we are or how we learned about their family which is just the way we want it. But I did learn from my co-worker that the little girl who answered the door that day thinks we work for the Easter Bunny.