GRAFTON—Taylor County Family Resources (TCFR) is turning to the community for help to aid those in need. To do so, they are asking residents to start gathering unwanted coupons.
TCFR is a non-profit organization dedicated to assisting area families that are in need. Whether it be the need for clothing, personal hygiene items, pet food, baby items or food, the group is always willing to lend a hand.
As a non-profit, the organization is partially dependent on community support and donations in order to keep their pantries and clothing closet stocked, and as one can imagine, keeping these items readily available can be quite an expense.
TCFR Executive Director Cathy Coontz-Griffith disclosed that the group is now turning to members of the community with one simple request, the donation of unwanted coupons with valid expirations dates.
Jared McMillen, Americorp Vista, alongside Suree Sarceno, is leading the efforts to collect as many usable coupons as possible, according to Coontz-Griffith.
“Suree will be assisting us with super couponing, which will basically help us maximize our coupon use,” she noted. “This way, we can really get the most for our money.”
She went on to explain that donated coupons will be used by the TCFR to purchase the items that stock their many pantries, including, but not limited to, cleaning supplies, toothpaste, deodorant, diapers, wipes, toothbrushes, winter hats and gloves, and other household items.
Currently, any member of the community is eligible for pantry services. No ID is required, however, a yearly enrollment form and signatures are required for services.
“Many of the services we provide are reliant on the donation of said good. We cannot guarantee any quantities and services, all items within the pantries are subject to availability,” states the Pantry Qualification form for the TCFR.
In order to serve the community, guidelines for the utilization of each pantry have been set in place, and are as follows; Families are eligible to receive assistance with food from the Food Pantry every seven days, assistance is offered every 30 days for families in need of baby items such as diapers.
Additionally, assistance from the Pet Food Pantry is also offered every 30 days, and the same goes for the Clothing Closet, in which three outfits per family member can be provided in a 30 day time period. Whereas, those in need of toiletries or cleaning supplies, may collect items every 60 days.
“As most of the community knows, we offer a lot of different items to help people within our community. Keeping all of these things in stock is expensive. Hopefully with the use of coupons, we can cut our cost and keep our inventory up,” Coontz-Griffith remarked.
She added that any coupons that are received, but are unable to be used by the TCFR will be donated to similar causes.
Anyone wishing to donate coupons to the cause, may do so by dropping them at the TCFR office located at 105 Beech Street, between the WIC office and the Salvation Army, Monday-Friday, from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.
Valid coupons can also be mailed to Taylor County Family Resources, 105 Beech Street, Grafton, WV, 26354.
Coontz-Griffith departed by sharing that coupons will be collected indefinitely.
“If this is something that is effective and goes well, we will just keep going,” she concluded.