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This has been a difficult week for many across the south.  My heart has been heavy for all of you affected by tornadoes.  I’ve heard from many of you about the damages in your area.  Some are still without power three days later and are told it will be another week, others are much worse off with cities leveled and families still searching for loved ones.  There are many areas affected that the news hasn’t even mentioned.

I want to urge you this week to make your Friday Finals be a week that ends with generosity.  The south is known for sweet hospitality and right now our neighbors need us.

How can you help:

Donate Goods.
Your generosity does not have to be money, it can be donating things you already have.  Look in your pantries, cupboards, and closets.  Send personal care items, non perishable foods, blankets, and even clothes.  There are many places running donation drives so I don’t doubt you can find a place nearby to drop items off at.

If you know of any locations leave a comment and we’ll get a list started.

Donate Blood.
If you are game for it head to your local Red Cross and donate a pint.  Being a Registered Nurse, this is a cause that is so dear to me and so easy for you.  I promise it only hurts for a second (they teach us to say that in nursing school).

Donate Money.
That is what we are doing this week.  We realized that we had plenty and could make do only heading out for milk and bread.  So we are donating our $50 food budget this week to Samaritan’s Purse Disaster Relief.

Another way to donate money:
You can order All You Magazine through Southern Savers and donate $9 with your purchase.  You get the best price possible for the magazine and get to help others!  All proceeds are going to the West Alabama Food Bank that serves the areas hardest hit.

The Deal:

1.  Head over here , click “Support Us”
2. Search for All You Magazine.
3.  Order 2.5 years (30 issues) for $25

You will pay 83¢ an issue which is awesome for a magazine with $50-$100 in coupons every month!

There are probably even more ways to give and you guys are creative so if you have another idea to help leave a comment.

For those that did go shopping this week feel free to leave a link to your savings post or a comment below.  I challenge you also to update your savings posts with a way that you helping!



    • Razlmz

      I work for the American Red Cross in SC as a blood donor recruiter and I can tell you that the need for blood is ongoing even without such a tragedy to contend with. Alabama is in the Southern Division with SC, GA, and NC and we work as a division to get blood to where ever it is needed within our division at any time. Due to the tornadoes, blood drives have been canceled in many parts of Alabama and it is up to the rest of us in the surrounding states to give blood in order to support the needs of our sisters and brothers who have been affected by this disaster. When you give blood you can save up to 3 lives and at times like this, the need is felt even more strongly. To find a blood drive near you go to http://www.redcrossblood.org

    • My parents are in Bama and used to work and live in and around Tuscaloosa. My heart has been breaking for my fellow Bamaians and all the others who have been devastated. There are several Facebook sites that are constantly streaming ways to get help and give help. http://www.facebook.com/PrayfortheTornadoVictimsofApril2011 This one is trying to give details to all those involved. Thanks for posting this and for the prayers being offered. It is needed and appreciated more than you will ever know!

    • McKenzie

      My husband and I are from Northwest Alabama. We live in the Memphis area now. Tomorrow my husband will be taking donations in……please check out the facebook page that he has setup.http://www.facebook.com/home.php?sk=group_127003147377018

    • Katrina

      Publix shoppers can also add to their totals instore! Donations will go directly to the American Red Cross Relief Efforts for the Southern Storms. Here's the press release info:

      Publix Collects Funds For Southern Storms Relief Efforts

      LAKELAND, Fla., April 29, 2011 – Today Publix Super Markets established a program to offer its customers and associates a way to directly assist those areas in the South affected by recent tornadoes and severe weather. Customers may donate any amount by adding it to their grocery totals when checking out at Publix registers. Collected money will be channeled through the American Red Cross and designated specifically for the Southern Storms disaster relief efforts. The program will continue for a few weeks, based on customer response.
      “Our customers and associates have trusted Publix to react quickly and help those affected by tragic circumstances,” said Maria Brous, director of media and community relations. “This disaster to the South hits close to home as we operate in some of the impacted areas. Our first priority was to account for our associates and then to focus on our operations in order to continue serving our communities in time of need.”
      In a separate donation, Publix Super Markets Charities is contributing $100,000 to the American Red Cross for relief efforts for the areas affected by the tornadoes.

      • Jo R

        Thanks- I will be looking for this at my store!

    • I'll be donating through my local church Lifegate church in Lexington, KY. I too am saddened by the news of all the devastation in the south, so many have lost everything.

      • Mjsizzle

        Debi, I live in Gilbert can you tell me where the church is and what all are they collecting. We don't have the extra $$ but I sure can go thru my pantry and get at least a box full of stables to donate. my email is mjsizzle@yahoo.com
        please let me know and I can be there tomorrow ( Sat ) and thanks Jenny for putting this up on your site

    • Bobbie

      I live in Tuscaloosa and though my family did not have any injuries or damage (thank God), I appreciate this more than you know. This is just the most devastating thing I have ever seen in my life and the people here do need your help so much! Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

    • RM

      Thank you for mentioning this.THANKS FOR YOUR PRAYERS we have alot of hurting families around us and it helps to know that people are praying.My heart and prayers also go out to everyone who has gone through this violent tragedy.

    • Jones Gk

      Thank you so much for posting this. My family was very lucky and is ok, but so many around us are hurting. Several town are completely gone….everything. It is so sad. All of your help is so appreciated. It will take it for these places and people to recover.

    • Couponing Rocks!

      As someone in the Chattanooga area, I want to say thanks for posting this too. I donated blood today and there was a three hour wait. This is so important and I was thrilled to see so many people willing to wait or signed in and came back. I felt bad for the staff as they were overworked but happy to see so many people donate. The Chattanooga area was hit pretty bad, but I know there are areas where it is a lot worse and I thank God for protecting my family.

    • takota

      I know the people across the south apreciate everything that is being done to help. I know from experience with natural disaster that simply knowing people care helps.

    • Am going to donate to Samaritan's Purse also Jenny! Thanks for all that you do.

    • wendyc33

      Thanks so much for this post. I live here in alabama in a town just a couple of weeks ago lost 3 people in our town to tornadoes. Please pray for all these people, and I want to say since i have watched some of these extreme coupon shows those people who might live in this area would have a stockpile to help out these people. Now is the time to help. These people need it bad. The death toll is going up there is so many still unaccounted for and homes wiped out. Please give. Thanks

    • Angela

      We thank you from Alabama, Jenni! My heart hurts for my state and our people, such devastation! There is an extensive list of drop off places and links on the toomersfortuscaloosa facebook page :) Also, a number if you want to volunteer time.

    • Dolly

      Thank you Jenny for helping us to remember we need to help our neighbors no matter what state we live in..

    • Bama girl!

      Again, thank you from Alabama for posting this! Our state is definitely hurting right now and we can use all the help we can get! Please pray for all of us in Alabama. I have several family members & friends that have been impacted and we definitely appreciate the support!

    • Danyeln

      Thanks for posting this Jenny. I am lucky that I live in Central Alabama where there was less damage but my family is all in North Alabama where they are still largely without power.

      Last night I culled my stockpile and loaded 10 grocery bags with non perishables to drop off. If anybody is in the Montgomery /Troy area check out WSFA. They have a HUGE list of places that are taking donations. A few of us in my office went during our lunch break to drop off our donations at Brewbaker Dodge etc. etc.. They were super nice and even helped us unload.

    • this Sunday Emmanuel Baptist Church in Crestview FL will be taking donations for our neighbors. Along with food, clothing is also needed. Thanks everyone!

    • Mmtinga

      I now live in the metro Atlanta area, but grew up just north of Rome. Last night my teens and I went out to the pantry and gathered over 250 food, baby and personal care items. We left this morning for the two hour ride to Summerville to drop the items off at the sheriff's dept. They are taking items up to Dade county which was hit hard. My family and close friends were lucky that no one was injuried or had damage, but the counties all around them took serious hits.

    • shuchin

      Thank you Jenny, You are a great woman with big heart!
      Could someone tell me where is the drop off at Gallatin, Tn.?

    • luiza

      If anyone knows of a drop-off location in the Charleston SC area, please let us know, thanks.

    • Billy

      The Salvation Army on Inman Street in Cleveland, TN really, really, really needs “any kind of food that doesn't need cooking or refrigeration” to tide people over for the next week or so. They're also looking for cleaning supplies and gallon containers of water that people could use during the clean-up. Volunteers also are very, very welcome

    • Clip123

      I want to thank everybody for donating. My son works and is in school in Tuscaloosa. Thankfully our prayers were answered and he was not hurt and had no property loss. He told my last night that so many of his friends weren't so lucky. He said that many of them lost everything. Thank you again for anything you can do to help!

    • A Southern Muslim Sister

      I am member of the Gadsden Mosque which is located at the intersection of S 9th street and e chestnut in East Gadsden. We are collecting non-perishable items, clothes, all the things that Jenny mentioned before. The items are going to be taken to areas that were most badly hit. The plan is to deliver the items this sunday. We have asked every member of our congregation to donate! If anyone would like to donate and just cannot drive down to the areas most hit, please send me an email and I will coordinate a time to meet you at the mosque nova.craigslister@ gmail

    • Lisa

      Cleaned out my pantry and bathroom shelves….I live about 1 hour from Tuscaloosa and 45 min from the other areas in AL…any and all donations are greatly appreciated.

    • Joanna

      I'm in Marietta, GA. I donate regularly to MUST Ministries, but does anyone know a place in Atlanta collecting specifically for the tornado victims? I'll check with my local schools and congregations.

      • Joanna

        Oh, and if you are a real sport you should consider donating platelets. It takes almost two hours, but it's the equivalent of giving 4 pints. Plus, it's not type specific and you can give every 10 days instead of just every 58 like whole blood.

        • Razlmz

          Actually, platelets are type specific and the types that are needed most are A and AB. It is not the same as donating 4 pints because when you give platelets, you are actually giving a very small amount of liquid each time. However, it is a very important thing to do as platelets are used by countless patients–cancer patients more specifically and without them many people would not survive.

      • Andia

        Joanna. I'm in Woodstock, so if you find anyone near us please let me know. I just went to Publix tonight and added to my donation pile. Maybe we could work together and round up some other couponers around us. I'm willing to make a run next Friday to either north Georgia or Alabama if we could collect a good bit of donations.

        • Rgnurse911

          See above about Cartersville Cares on Facebook. I also went to Publix and added to my donation pile. I am taking it over there tomorrow and volunteering to help feed people in the area.

      • Rgnurse911

        If you have facebook you can go to Cartersville cares. It has some places on it.

    • Tha503

      The Christian Women's Center in Griffin was hard hit. It is a shelter. They are accepting donations at Direct Alarms Office, 233. W. Taylor St., suite 101, Griffin, GA
      since their building was damaged. The phone number for info is 678-614-6621.

      They had 12 women who are okay, but were left with only the clothes on their back so they are in need of anything people can donate.

      I'm collecting stuff to bring next week as I have to work all weekend.

      deb

      • Tha503

        oops! Didn't mean to make it sound like I am personally collecting stuff from other people, just mean I am buying stuff using my coupons and deals to donate myself.

    • guest

      Jenny,
      Is there any donation locations in the Lexington, SC area?

    • Ewaring

      Am writing a post to link your All You subscription/donation :-)

    • Jordan

      I am new to couponing and still not great at it, but is there a way to match up some items that are needed and could be donated to the relief effort? I want to help but cannot seem to find any deals I can afford. I would love to get some of those wonderful deals and donate a ton.

    • Aklholl

      Thank you for posting Jenny. We live in Tupelo, MS, just a short drive from Smithville, which was 80% destroyed and they've lost close to 1/4 of their population from what we've heard from friends working in hospitals. I hope it's not really that many. Thanks to all how are helping out!

    • Ailiff804

      Thank so much for posting this and to everyone that makes a donation or volunteers their time! There will be food drive in Heflin, Al this weekend across the street from the fire department. You can also make clothing donations to the Salvation Army on Noble St. in Anniston, Al. There was aldo a blood drive set-up across from the Quintard Mall at Regions Bank in Oxford, Al today that I believe will be there tomorrow as well.

    • Rgnurse911

      You can go to Cartersville cares on Facebook and there is a list of ways to help/donate (for the GA area).

    • Leah

      I have got a box full of itemsI was going to mail it to a church address I came across. but I would much rather take it to some where local and dorp it it off and donate the cash it would taken me to ship it. if any1 knows of somewhere taking donations in the deltona fl area please let me know. grocerygetter63@gmail.com. I'm also going to take the Great offer for the all You mag.

    • Marilyn

      I have a question and not a comment. where do you get the price from for the items that are on your price list?

    • Courtney (again)

      If you live in the Chattanooga area and want to help by donating items, the Samaritan Center in Ooltewah (off exit 11, next to the Wendy’s) needs donations of personal care items:

      http://thesamaritancenter.net/index.html

    • Christine A.

      I worked with this non-profit organization after flooding in the Metro Altanta area in 2009. They purchase items at huge discounts and send truck loads full of supplies right to ALL of the areas in need. Donating to them is a great way in insure your money is really going to help!
      http://www.disasterreliefeffort.org/

    • Bkind28

      I have gathered from my stock pile (including the free+profit Tena pads from a few weeks ago that I hadn't donated yet!) & our closets. We even have a school supply bin I'll be hitting up. I have a friend in AL who was lucky and she and her family are safe but so many aren't and it's close to home.

    • Holly

      I am in Central FL and would love to donate my stockpiles to help the tornado victims. If I donate to a local red cross will it get to them or do I need to ship it?

      • Kelly C

        I live on the Panhandle, and we have a few different radio stations and businesses collecting stuff. You could check the local paper's website and see if they have any info.

      • RebeccaS

        tons of Methodist churches are taking drop offs, too. check them out, as well. or even ask your local radio or TV stations, they could help, i'm sure

    • Courtney

      I think if you want to donate money, you can send a check to the Red Cross but put in the memo the name of the city you want it go toward. I am not sure about where it would go for Ringgold, GA — if anyone knows, would you kindly reply?

      • Pray For Ringgold…

        you can probably contact the American Red Cross in Chattanooga and they would tell you where to send it. Or I'm sure that you can contact the police station and they will find out for you…

    • RebeccaS

      any kind of paper products and cleaning products are really really really needed right now. tons of people donate food and clothes but forget about bleach and paper products. on your freebies or really really great discounts you get, please buy a few extras and then take them to a drop off site. thanks everyone from a sad Alabamian!

    • Nursehendren

      jenny, will this renew my all you subscription? Like add 25 months to the current subscription?

    • Marykw

      Thank you so much for getting this idea out there! We are in one of the few places in north Alabama that had power restored quickly after the tornadoes. My town is pretty normal, but we all have friends and family who have been devastated & lost everything. Some of us live just a mile or two from utter destruction. It is wonderful here to see neighbor helping neighbor, offering places to stay, hot showers, power stations, laundry, hot meals for those that don't have them. Food and water have been donated by so many to help feed volunteers & those without right now. Volunteers were being registered & given arm bands so they could access affected areas & are now being turned away because the arm bands are all gone. Good can always come from bad if we choose it! Thanks to everyone who helped in any way!

    • Pray For Ringgold…

      Thank you Jenny sooo much for bringing this to light as far as donating. I am from the Ringgold, Ga area, and most people don't know where it's at but it is just south of Chattanooga, Tn, and we were affected majorly by the tornado. The entirety of downtown Ringgold was almost completely destroyed. There are only a handful of houses and buildings that were in the tornados path that weren't just completely destroyed. As far as anyone donating to the Ringgold area: you can go to StarMaker Talent on Hwy 41 right next to Bailey's BBQ to donate, you can go to any church around downtown Ringgold, or you can go to the officers blocking off the roads into Ringgold and they will very happily take the supplies to the American Red Cross inside. Thank you once again for making this disaster a priority. I know everyone is thankful!!

      • Alison V.

        my friend said that the food lion in chicamauga had a truck set up to take donations for ringgold victims. i'll check it out. i have free rice and toiletries to take, thanks to Jenny!

    • Michelle

      I'm glad to see you post this! I live just north of Chattanooga in Bradley County (Cleveland, TN) and in our small community there were 5 touchdowns on Wednesday night. I feel so blessed to only have minor damage to my car, but people just one street over were not nearly as fortunate as I was!

      I took off work yesterday, gathered up my “stockpile” and donated it all to those in need before pitching in a hand to help distribute! It's time like these when everyone needs to pull together to help out the community!

      Donate some of your back stock-you'll see the sales and coupons again soon, I promise there are people in the community that need it more than your cupboard needs it sitting in there!

    • Holly

      Thanks for this post. They are in need of water, cracker snacks, diapers, wipes, individual juices and I am sure females need feminine products. Can you do a post where to get the most for the least amount of money this week using stores Winn Dixie, CVS, Walgreens, RiteAid, Walmart and Target. That way we can buy more.

      Thanks!

    • Erkelly

      I am so happy that I have been stockpiling all the personal necessities lately! I have been wanting to thin out my stash and donate recently, and I'm glad that I didn't do it prior to Wednesday. This gave me the chance to donate about $225 worth of personal care items to my local relief drive for Hackleburg and Phil Campbell, AL. They were heavily devastated. If anyone is local, they are still in need of diapers, shaving cream, linens, towels, pillows, blankets, and other comfort items like that. They also said they could really use care packages for the children, like crayons, coloring books and other items to keep them busy.

    • Joyce

      Thank you for this post, Jenny. I am not in an area that was directly affected, but have family and friends who were.

    • Syvannah

      Thank you for this post. We live in Cleveland, TN, Bradley County. We have not been covered in the news much but there is awful devastation here. In a fourth mile radius we had 9 killed, including a few children and a 3 month old. So many people have helped us, and it's amazing all that still needs to be done. We've had over 285 homes destroyed and almost 200 that have severe damage. It is heartbreaking. We appreciate everyone who is helping and spreading the word that help is needed and how to do so. Thanks again!

    • Crameybrock

      I have never been so “proud” of my stockpile as I was this week. We live just 10 miles from Smithville, MS. Two thirds of the town is gone, just wiped out. Family, friends, lost everything. It felt so good to go and pull from my stockpile and send, knowing I can easily build it back up.

    • IheartT-town

      Bless your heart, Jenny, for this post! I live in Tuscaloosa, but was one of the fortunate ones. I spent this afternoon getting food into some of the devastated areas of town. But I raided my pantry and any other part of my house I could think of before I left and was able to donate lots of stuff to a church group near the Salvation Army building that was destroyed. They were so grateful for each little thing. The whole experience was heart-wrenching. My poor CVS is destroyed! It's so bizarre to think that last Sunday I was in there shopping after church getting my razor deal and now it's destroyed. God bless all of you who choose to dip into your stockpile and donate. Even the free samples that we all sign up for would help someone! Please keep all of us in your prayers and thanks again!

    • Alison V.

      thanks for the post Jenny! here is the info on donating to the local Chattanooga red cross from our pastor:
      Our local Red Cross does not receive any state or federal funding. If you would like to donate to local relief services you can do so here: https://american.redcross.org/site/Donation2?4756.donation=form1&idb=256374036&df_id=4756
      we were so close and yet only inconvienced with power loss for 2 days. we live in st elmo where we had a tornado and near tiftonia that lost several buildings. but we were not devastated like the other areas! i’m glad to find out where to take our donations for cleveland and ringgold.

    • Bridget072809

      Where can I donate around Fayetteville, GA? I'm going to try to go to Griffin to help the women's shelter. We just had a yardsale yesterday and we have a lot of things left over to donate.

    • Susan

      Walgreens on E. Brainerd Rd in Chattanooga, Tn are taking donations, for Apison, Tn. Water, paper products, food, hygine items ,laundry soap, diapers (adult and baby), anything or everything (not clothes, furniture,ect, you can donate those, just not at Walgreens). I was not looking forward to driving out to Apison with my donations, it breaks my heart just looking at the pics on TV. So a big THANKS to my Walgreens, for taking up these donations. Also thankful to Jenny, for teaching me about stockpiling, so I have plenty to give, when so many are in need.

    • L Sherrill

      I would love to give my stash away to people in need does anyone know where I can dontate items in the Nashville area?

      • Susan

        Try calling your, Office of Emergency Management in Nashville. They should be able to direct you to the closest drop off point, for donations.

    • Clip123

      There is an immediate need for food items that don't require refrigeration or cooking since many are without power and possibly will be will be for a week or longer. Protein bars are a good item that fits this need. With the Nestle promotion on Power Bars this week these would be a good item to donate. (Just a suggestion). My son is a reporter as well as a student in Tuscaloosa. He has been telling me of the total devastion there and areas around there. Everyone is grateful for the donations and the prayers! Thank you everyone. More storms are heading this way today and tomorrow. Please pray that the storms are not severe.

    • Diana_mcadams

      Thanks so much for all the help y'all are giving, I am from Decatur, Al and did not sustatin damage, just power loss, so I did loss my frig and freezer food but that can be replaced, thank God all my family has been spared since most of them are in Tusc. Al. I know that one thing alot of people are not thinking of is plastic bins, as people are cleaning up and gatering remains, garbage bags just won't hold heavy items that may have been spared, so if you have any sturdy boxes or plastic bins please donate those if possible to your local donation area. Again thank you for all your help and prayers

    • Jo

      Does anyone know where to donate around Greer or Greenville SC?

    • Etowahsub

      In our area (Etowah/Calhoun county Alabama), lots of people are donating food, clothing, and personal care items…..God bless all of you. The youth pastor at a local church this is a drop off point said that they lack packages of (new, of course) socks and underclothes. This is a great need as you can imagine, and I am certain it is the same at all the locations. If you have just $10 to spare, you could buy 2 packages. Also, I noticed when I was there that they don't have a lot of household items, like blankets, towels, and particularly dishes. I am sure that some of the victims, especially those that were renting, are already setting up house-keeping in another dwelling, and are in need of these items to furnish their homes. Just some ideas….bless all those that help!

      • Etowahsub

        *a local church THAT is a drop off…sorry. Arg. Fingers.

    • I am collecting items for a trip to Tuscaloosa on Saturday May 7th. Dr. Wanda Cowan at ELCA on Hwy 42 in McDonough near Stockbridge will be collecting some items for me, and Macedonia Baptist Church in Jackson, will also be a drop-off point. I will meet anyone south of Midtown Atlanta who has items to donate and take them as well. Persons north of Midtown can drop items off at Home Depot in Alpharetta (not sure which one, sorry, just give them a call) and at the Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta in Dunwoody.
      If I learn of alternate drop off sites, I will let you know. I can be reached at
      cootiepatootie (at) yahoo (dot) com or Facebook: CasandraWPerry

      Urgent need: baby items: diapers, formula (ready to drink is best), wipes, clothing, etc. Personal care items: female items, deodorant, shaving items, shampoo/soap/conditioner, powder, lotion. Clothing items: underwear for all ages, male & female. Socks, shoes. Bedding. Nonperishable food items. FLASHLIGHTS and batteries.

      Thank you from the bottom of my heart!!!

      • Pjteaches

        I live in Athens, GA and work at ELCA so I can pick up items by Thursday, May 5th. You can email me pjteaches@att.net

      • Ppatton3

        I have an entire house of household contents that can be donated from Ft Myers, Florida. Does anyone know who i can contact to pack it up and transport it to Alabama?

    • not sure how I managed to post this twice. I'm special like that LOL!

    • Bamabobbie

      It's good to be able to read all the post below. Just got cable and internet back on and electric back Saturday. That was nothing compared to the devastion all around me. So many are contributing and for that I am thankful.

    • CouponDiva39

      I know that most people probably aren't commenting on this post any more, but I think it's wonderful that you made a post about our devastation in Alabama and the other states affected by the Tornado…I'm like some of the other people; very thankful I am safe with my family and VERY thankful that I learned to coupon!!!

      I also live in a little community….it's outside of Phil Campbell, called East Franklin…and the majority of the community is gone. It is heartwrenching to see all of our friends, neighbors, coworkers, etc., going through this….thanks to everyone who is helping!!!

    • Ppatton3

      I have an entire house of household contents that can be donated from Ft Myers, Florida. Does anyone know who i can contact to pack it up and transport it to Alabama?