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home : news : local   May 26, 2016

1/4/2013 4:34:00 AM
Clipping coupons can benefit troops


Got any unused or expired coupons? Kathy Clark of Mendota wants to share them with military personnel and their families serving overseas. Clark, a member of the Marine Corps League Auxiliary in Jonesville, is participating in the Coupon Distribution Program that distributes manufacturers’ coupons to military families living on slender budgets.NewsTribune photo/Craig Sterrett
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Got any unused or expired coupons? Kathy Clark of Mendota wants to share them with military personnel and their families serving overseas. Clark, a member of the Marine Corps League Auxiliary in Jonesville, is participating in the Coupon Distribution Program that distributes manufacturers’ coupons to
military families living on slender budgets.
NewsTribune photo/Craig Sterrett

Tom Collins
NewsTribune Senior Reporter



Got some old coupons from newspapers lying around the house? Well, don’t throw them out. Send them to a military family instead.

A Mendota woman is collecting manufacturers’ coupons for members of the U.S. Armed Forces and their families stationed at military bases around the world. She is looking for Illinois Valley residents to donate their coupons to help families living on limited budgets.

Kathy Clark began clipping coupons in August and has since amassed nearly $42,000 worth for distribution to a Marine Corps base in Japan.

She’d heard about the Coupon Distribution Program and thought back to the days when she and her husband John, a retired Marine corporal, scratched out a living at Andrews Air Force Base during the mid-1970s.

“I know how tough it is to make ends meet on a military base,” Clark said.
Service members and their families can redeem manufacturers’ coupons — but not retail coupons from Target, Kmart, et al — at any post exchange.

Expired coupons are accepted, as well; but Clark said transit times make it necessary to accept coupons no more than 60 days expired. Coupons also are to be sorted into food and non-food items.

Interested persons are asked to mail coupons to Clark at 301 Seventh Ave., Mendota, IL 61342 or to direct coupons to a military base of their choosing. For more information about the Coupon Distribution Program, visit the website at www.ocpnet.org.

Tom Collins can be reached at (815) 220-6930 or courtreporter@newstrib.com.












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