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I live in the Middle of Nowhere, Montana.
I absolutely love where I live but it does present some challenges. One of the biggest is shopping. We have a small grocery store in town but any kind of real shopping has to be done in Missoula, which is over an hour away. It’s a little better now that the price of gas is down and we have the Prius but it’s still a project to head into “the big city.” We try to plan our trips so that we get as much done as possible and when I shop I always stock up on as much as I can.
That is why I love shopping at Costco!
We go in the Costco almost every time we go down to Missoula – the most important reason is I buy the goats’ apples there. Yes, the goats get apples every day. I spoil them. I am very thankful for the great prices at Costco so I can spoil my animals.
OK – that’s not really the most important reason but they think it is.
Costco offers me the ability to do something else that is near and dear to my heart – donate to my food bank. Because the prices are so good I can both stock up for myself and for the food bank. I volunteered at my local food bank for five years before my health issues caused me to have to leave. When I was there I learned that while people are most likely to donate canned goods the food bank oftentimes is in need of paper products, toiletries and other items that people don’t often think of when making their donations.
Just imagine not being able to afford to feed your family. The food bank is there to provide you with some necessities to help you get by. But if you cannot afford food you also cannot afford things like toilet paper, paper towels and other personal items. I can’t tell you how many times people would ask for toilet paper and how many times we just didn’t have it to give. The budget was limited and it would be spent as best we could on proteins and other food products rather than things considered non-necessities. But would you like to go without toilet paper?
That is why I’d like to show you how a “Don’t Get Caught Without” box would be a wonderful gift to give to your local food bank at this very giving time of year – or at any time of year for that matter. I’ve also created a printable Non-Traditional Food Bank Donation List for you to take the next time you go shopping at Costco:
All of these products are requested by food bank clients and very much needed above and beyond traditional food supplies. Despite the up-tick in the economy many people still need the services afforded by food banks. It’s so easy to put a box together for your food bank:
In smaller, more rural food banks fresh vegetables are rarely available so if you live in the middle of nowhere like I do I strongly encourage you to add some fresh items to your donation box if you can. The hubby and I send in our excess eggs on a regular basis. I know they are appreciated.
The last time we went to Costco I searched for some items to take to my food bank. I found Bounty Paper Towels, Charmin Bath Tissue, Always, Tampax and Tide Pods.
One of the things I love best about Costco is how easy everything is to find. Not to mention the fact that it is always well stocked. (I won’t mention the snacks. I never seek out the snacks. Ah-hem) The hubby and I filled our cart and the next day we were off to the food bank.
Our food bank is small compared to many but it is very busy. In fact when we stopped by we had to wait a while before we could go behind the counter and drop off our goodies.
I had some other items I’d been saving to add to the donation so I gathered them all in a box and we added it to the other products. From my past experience working at the food bank I know how much toothpaste is needed.
My old friends were happy to see me and I them. They were also very happy to receive the donation. We all had a nice chat and hopefully the Bounty, Charmin, Always, Tampax and Tide will go a long way to help those in need in the community.
I am glad Costco is there to help me stock up personally and to offer such great prices so that I won’t get caught without. There is nothing worse than running out of basics like paper towels and toilet paper. I make sure that I always have plenty on hand and I couldn’t do that without Costco and the great prices on Procter and Gamble products. It also let’s me shop for my food bank so I can help my community.
What do you make sure to not get caught without when you shop at Costco?