Extreme couponing helps Trevor’s Gift

You can feel the ripple of excitement when Tammy Brockway enters the Tops grocery store in Geneva. Soon, her favorite cashier, Matt McIntyre, rushes up to find out what food item Brockway has targeted that day.On a recent weekday, Brockway was there to pick up bags of dried fruit, featured in that week’s grocery ad. And of course, she had coupons. And doubler coupons. Soon McIntyre and Brockway were filling grocery carts with bright yellow boxes of the banana chips, dried cranberries, pineapple and other fruits. When all was tallied up, Brockway had scored nearly 500 bags of the fruit – at almost no cost. Just another day at the grocery store for the extreme couponer who shares her bounty with Trevor’s Gift kids and other charities. “It’s fun,” Brockway admitted, “and a challenge. And of course, I love helping to feed the kids who need it so much.”Tammy Brockway and “favorite” Tops cashier Matt McIntyreThis week, the kids in Waterloo schools who receive Trevor’s Gift will receive two bags of food, to provide extra nutrition for the following week when schools will be on vacation and the kids won’t have access to school cafeterias for breakfast and lunch. And those bags will be filled with food items donated by Brockway and other generous people in the area.”School vacations are always a difficult time for our students,” an elementary teacher told Trevor’s Gift coordinators. “Some cry when they are told there won’t be school because they know they won’t get their food.”Trevor’s Gift relies on the contributions of individuals, businesses and organizations to support its $30,000 annual budget. It receives no government funding. All money donated is used to buy food for nutritionally needy children in Waterloo. All expenses are donated by the volunteers who pack and deliver the food.All Hands on Deck! – Tops employees Leigha Dutcher, left, Matt McIntyre, Alena Laquitara, right, with extreme couponer Tammy Brockway. Tax deductible donations to Trevor’s Gift can be sent to Trevor’s Gift, c/o Waterloo Education Foundation, Main St. Shop Center, Waterloo 13165. Find us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/TrevorsGift

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