A few months ago I was contacted by Trish, the Executive Director of CHIP (Chesapeake Health Investment Program)  who asked if I thought the couponers in Hampton Roads would want to help a great organization. They operate in a larger area but their offices are located in Chesapeake.
The mission of CHIP  is to improve young children’s health and promote wellness and self- sufficiency in low-income families, through partnerships with local communities. During the year the families that work with CHIP earn points for various activities (doctors visits, nutrition training etc).
In December CHIP opens a store where their participants can come and cash in their points for items. Most of these items end up being toys and gifts due to the time of year. And while these gifts are great many of these families don’t need toys- they need things like toothpaste, toilet paper and shampoo.
That is where couponers come in. We know how to get these items for free or practically free. And odds are you have extras lying around your house you could donate. Let’s do what we can to make this a happy holiday for local families!
Let’s CLIP for C.H.I.P.!
Our goal is 2,000 items by December 7th. CHIP will also need volunteers to work at the sale if you are interested.
There are several ways to donate items.
1. Pick Up. If you have 100 items or more, you can call and CHIP will come and pick the items up. To arrange for pick up call Blanca Ansbro at 757-543-9100 ext 212. This will enable you to receive a receipt for tax purposes.
2. Drop Off. Several locations around Hampton Roads will be accepting items. Here are those locations and their hours:
CHIP of Chesapeake & Portsmouth (this is the only location where you will received a tax deduction receipt)
1302 Jefferson Street
Chesapeake, VA 23324
M- F 9-4pm or by appointment
Great Bridge United Methodist
201 Stadium Ave
Chesapeake , VA 23322
M- F 8-3pm
Contact Person: Jennifer Williams
Monday – Friday from 10 to 4 pm.
Virginia Beach – Landstown Community Church
3220 Monet Drive, Virginia Beach, VA 23453
Contact Person: Ruth Sharpe 757-468-6509 (Monday, Tuesday and Thursday 9-1)
Please call ahead of time before dropping off, Ruth Sharpe will make arrangements with the individual(s) if those times do not work. Please ring doorbell when arrive.
Newport News/Hampton area – Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church
100 Harpersville Road
Newport News, VA 23601
Contact Person: Tina Wandersee – Church Office: 757-595-0385 or Outreach Office: 757-599-3950
Outreach office is open Monday – Friday 9 to 5 pm, please call Outreach office first.
3. Bring items to coupon classes. If you attend a coupon class taught by one of the bloggers publishing these posts you can bring your items to the class. We will be sure they get to the proper place.
If all of us come together we can make a huge difference in some people’s lives! Let’s get these 2000 items in and show Hampton Roads what couponers can do!