It has been unreal watching the devastation and wreckage that happened after the earthquake and then the tsunami hit Japan. I cannot even wrap my brain around the concept of losing everything. I just wish it were possible for me to do more for the individuals there. But, an ocean separates us…
I felt like that until I read this on my friend’s blog:
All of a sudden I felt like I could do something tangible, something truly helpful. Not just hand my money over to some stranger to decide what was needed. It could be personal. I could use what I had. I could literally touch a life with something I put in a box!
So, last night and this morning I gathered what I could find around my house to aid these people in great need, then River [and Molly–sort of] helped me put together the package:
Thanks to couponing I was able to get the above toothbrush for just $.24. I was also able to get this teddy bear for free:
I got a few things at the grocery store for the kids, babies, and women. I knew that they would be greatly appreciated and needed. So, I called upon the “couponing powers within” 😉 and scored this amazing deal:
I bought the 4 cans of condensed Similac at Wal-mart for $4.14/ea. I had 4 –$5 off coupons which gave me: $3.32 overage toward this:
The tampons were $3.96ea. I had two $2off coupons, which made them each $1.96. After applying the overage from the Similac purchase I paid just $.30ea.
The Fun Part of our package:
River created a card for them. We don’t know any Japanese, but we realized that the message of love is universal and cannot be misconstrued or misinterpreted.
My interpretation: The left side of the heart shows the sadness she knows they must be feeling. The right side of the heart shows the joy she hopes to give them by helping through this package. I love that the “heart” of the character goes from a cold blue, to a warm red.
(Now I’m just hoping the shipping isn’t a ton! Haha!)
This project has warmed my soul. I just hope that it does the greatest amount of good for them that is possible.
[If you are interested in participating go to the link at the top of this post and contact my friend, Nicole for the address to send your package.]