Tuesday, February 2, 2010


Since becoming an extreme couponer, I occasionally find myself overrun with a certain item, like Contact Lens solution, deodorant, Blink Tears, etc that I am really not sure what to do with. I have made a few donations, but nothing large-scale. I am in the process of making a list of some organizations in the Nashville area that will take donations of the items we have, unopened health and beauty items as well as Diabetic Monitors! :)

If you're in the Nashville/Clarksville area, check over on the left side of my blog in the next couple of days. I'll be adding a box with organizations that would be grateful to accept any donations you'd like to make.

Thank you for your generosity in helping others.

Here are a few I have heard back from so far:

Park Center: Offering affordable and safe residential housing for people with mental illness, women with children, homeless, and supportive housing. Beverly says: "We serve many people who do not have the income for everyday supplies. We also serve people experiencing homelessness, so any items that might help them as they live on the street would also be appreciated. We use some donated items for door prizes for our members when we have special events and we always try to have a good supply of toiletry items for members who just need them. As some of our members are able to move into housing, we always need items for what we call Welcome Home Kits. We get a laundry basket and fill it with dish soap, towels, sheets and items like toothpaste, toothbrush, etc. We are always needing linens."
To donate, contact Beverly Grant @ 615-242-3576 ext.234, Beverly.Grant@parkcenternashville.org
801 12th Avenue South, Nashville, TN 37203

Magdalene and Thistle Farms: Magdalene is a two-year residential community founded in Nashville Tennessee in 1997 for women with a history of prostitution and drug addiction. Magdalene was founded not just to help a sub-culture of women, but to help change the culture itself. We stand in solidarity with women who are recovering from sexual abuse, violence, and life on the streets, and who have paid dearly for a culture that buys and sells women like commodities.
To donate, contact Donna Grayer @615-320-5325, grayer3070@comcast.net

721 Lena Street, Nashville, Tennessee 37208

The Next Door: Programs, employment, and housing for women in crises. The Freedom Recovery Center provides permanent housing for women and their children with on-site access to recovery support services, specifically those addressing addiction and mental health issues.
They take the following items:

Toilet Paper
Paper Towels
Individual Tissues packs
Paper Plates
Paper Cups
One subject spiral bound notebooks
Toothpaste/ Toothbrush
bars of soap
wash cloths
Set of twin sheets
Twin Comforter
Work clothing
To donate, contact Mary Rufener @ 615-251-8805, ext. 208, mary@thenextdoor.org

Old Firehouse Day Shelter: A day shelter for the homeless. They feed meals, provide showers, laundry and other assistance needed for the homeless. They say: "We accept donations of all sorts and would be thrilled to have anything you could donate. Yes we do have a need for diabetic monitors, lots of our clients are diabetic and could use them."
To donate, contact Mary Jo Lehman @ 931-542-0381 ext.0383, firehouse@CMCCAA.com
1498 Golf Club Lane , Clarksville TN


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  2. Thanks! I have a ton of medicine type stuff (Bayer, Vitamins, Band-aids, etc.) I would love to find a home for. I gave a lot away over the holidays (school drives) but don't have a place to give it to on a regular basis that is convenient and open in the evenings or weekends when I am not working.

  3. Dr. Mom- I am happy to pass along the info. Most of these groups really work for great causes and genuinely appreciate any donations that is offered! In addition, if you have things you'd like to donate but just can't get by a place to drop them off, I would be happy to meet you to pick them up and take them the next time I go. :)

  4. Thank you so much for this post!! I think sometimes this part of couponing gets overlooked by the benefit of saving money. I tell people it's one of the main reasons I coupon - I always want to help those less fortunate, but don't have the finances to help like I'd want to. Couponing allows me to do that!

    I'm not sure of specifics, but I know Thrift Smart accepts donated items. My children's schools & our church did a large food drive around the holidays & that wiped out most of my extra. However, I have brought toiletry items & extras to Thrift Smart in the past.

    Another one for right now is Haiti. There are several organizations that are collecting medical supplies for Haiti. Specifically band-aids, Neosporin, Tylenol, etc. You could check with the Red Cross to see what items that are (or are not) accepting.

  5. Jennifer- thanks for those suggestions! I know a lot of people are turning their donations to Haiti, so I was hoping to remind everyone about our needs here at home. :)

  6. I found a great one last week while looking for a place to donate all the bandaids and other first aid stuff I've gotten for free to Haiti. They take medical eqipment and supplies and deliver to many countries worldwide.

    Project C.U.R.E.
    2300 Clifton Ave.
    Nashville, TN 37209