Coupons for Soldiers donation program
Ever wondered what to do with all those expiring or expired manufacturer’s coupons? Military personnel living overseas can redeem manufacturer’s coupons up to six months past the expiration date at on-base stores.
We have a contact at the Camp Foster military base in Okinawa, Japan that is willing to receive, organize and distribute coupons to fellow Americans serving our country stationed in Japan. All you have to do is organize your expired or expiring manufacturer’s coupons according to the specifications outlined below and mail them off!
We anticipate that all of you will be responding with much enthusiasm by sending the folks in Okinawa tons of coupons. In an effort to be a blessing and not a burden to the dedicated folks distributing the coupons, please prepare your coupons exactly as outlined below.
Only send manufacturer’s coupons, NOT store coupons. Look to the left of the coupon’s expiration date — it will state “Manufacturer’s Coupon” and not “Store Coupon” or “Target Coupon.” Internet printables, tearpads, blinkies, etc. are all acceptable, as long as it’s a “Manufacturer’s Coupon.”
Send current coupons or those that have expired less than two months ago. We want to make sure the shoppers have plenty of time to redeem the coupons and organizers aren’t spending time weeding out coupons that won’t work.
Clip all coupons. DO NOT send full sheets.
Organize your coupons into “Food” and “Non-Food” piles and put each group into a baggie that can close (“Food” is that which humans eat or drink; “Non-Food” is everything else). Be sure to label the baggie clearly. Do not use paper clips, rubber bands or staple them together.
Place your coupons in a regular mailing envelope (for small batches) or a Priority Mail package (for larger batches). The flat rate boxes might be the most affordable way to send your package if you are sending a large quantity or teaming up with other couponers.
Please include your email address in the envelope so our contact can email you that she received the coupons.
Fill out Customs Form 2976-A if you are sending a larger package and attach it to the outside of the mailer (the USPS requires this form when sending a package directly to an overseas base). This form is available at your local post office or you can order between 10-50 forms for free here. The forms are mailed to your home in 7-10 days. The customs form is NOT necessary for regular-sized envelopes.
Here’s how to fill out the customs form:
- From: Your name
- To: Cara Kaiser
- Description: Manufacturer’s Coupons
- 2: Pkg
- 4: $0.00
- 5: Gift
- 9: $0.00
- 10: Return to Sender
- 13: Sign your name & date
Mail the envelope or package to:
PSC 557 Box 164
FPO AP 96379
The military personnel have most products available to them with exception of recently released items. The couponers on Okinawa specifically need coupons for personal hygiene and snack food items. These items are purchased and then donated to a group who puts welcome home baskets together for our returning soldiers. Most of these go to single service men and women who otherwise would be going back to an empty home. Of course, they appreciate any manufacturer’s coupons!
This is a new endeavor for all of us and there are bound to be kinks in our system and changes that need to be made to make the process as easy for the coupon organizers and redeemers as possible. Please return to this page each time you get your coupons ready for shipment in case we have made adjustments to the guidelines.
Much of the shipping information was taken from the Overseas Coupon Program website.
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