Kimberly Gager has an eye for deals, having been “extreme couponing” for about five years. So when Hurricane Harvey struck, Gager knew just what to do to help out the victims the most, using her special gift.
At this point, CBS News reports, Gager’s garage is filled with so many boxes and products for Harvey victims, she can’t even park there any more. The mother of three has secured laundry detergent, soap, diapers, baby wipes, formula ... all to donate to those who had their lives pulled apart by the hurricane.
“After Harvey, I kept telling my mom, ‘There’s something more that I need to be doing. I don’t think I’m doing enough,’” Gager, a mother of three, told the news station. “So I put it out on Facebook.”
She made her grand announcement: She would shop on behalf of anyone who wanted to donate to the victims. She expected a few friends to take part in her idea, but then the responses started rolling in.
“It kind of blew up,” Gager said.
Gager has been clipping away at coupons every day since then, making daily trips to the grocery store and then using her lunch break to deliver items to families in need. So far she’s spent about $2,700, for products that are worth about $5,000 retail, according to the site.
“Sometimes I’m delivering until 1 or 2 a.m.,” Gager said. “It’s really becoming a second job. I’ve gotten very little sleep.”
“I’m in that store so much now that they know my name,” she added. “Now, even at Target, they see me coming, they shut down a line and open another. They bring out pallets to roll items out to my car.”
But to Gager it is all in a day’s work, knowing full well what those families are currently going through, having lost her own home in Virginia in 1999 because of Hurricane Floyd.
“Just a hug or a stick of deodorant or toothpaste—that would have been so appreciated at the time,” Gager recalled.
“It was horrific. I lost everything in the flood. I was living in military housing at the time because I was in the Navy. The entire apartment complex was flooded,” she told ABC News. “I was looking at all the stories and pictures of houses and everything underwater in Harvey and knew I had to do something.”
CBS News reports that to date, Gager has delivered needed items to around 30 families, and according to ABC News, she plans to extend her helping hand to those who have been affected by Hurricane Irma and has no intentions of stopping anytime soon.
“I don’t plan to cut it off until I know that people are OK,” said Gager. “Something as small as a bottle of body wash, stick of deodorant or a tube of toothpaste, I know how that felt during Hurricane Floyd, and people are so grateful for that.”