Hope Wissel

Operation Zipper Pouch

As you all know, one of my biggest WHYs with Thirty One is giving back to the community.

With the help of my family, friends, customers and hostesses, I have blessed to be able to make donations to various causes that have been near and dear to my heart.  As a team, we have donated to the Pediatrics Unit at Ocean Medical Center, Enchanted Makeovers (a program for women in homeless shelters), back to school bags to Hawthorne House, and our latest random act of kindness was Chemo Comfort Bags for those in treatment at Ocean Medical Center.

For just $23 you can sponsor a Zipper Pouch personalized.  I will use ALL of my commission to fill them with mints, candy, trail mix, gum, crossword puzzle book, a thank you card and a small American flag.  My goal is 31 zipper pouches sponsored by April 28th.  Yes, that is only 14 days away but I have faith in all of you.  The bags will be shipped out so that they arrive before the end of May to show our military men and women how much we appreciate them.


So, who is with me? For $23 you can bring a smile to the face of some one who is far from home defending our freedoms.  This project is near and dear to my heart. My nephew is a recent boot camp graduate and I am reminded of the days and nights spent with my best friend and her 4 kids while her hubby did TWO tours in Bagram during Operation Freedom which is what prompted me to get busy.

Payments can be made via check or through Paypal at hopesgiftcloset@@comcast.net. If you don’t have Paypal, I will be happy to invoice you.

Won’t you help to make a difference today?

Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!

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Hope Wissel

Coupons for Our Troops

In honor of Veteran’s Day, I am sharing my “Coupons for Our Troops” blog.  Thank our service men and women for their sacrifices everyday for our freedom.

This morning I was trying to figure out what to blog about when I began my usual sorting of the coupons – DUH!!!  Why not share with everyone this AMAZING program that helps our military personal and their family.  I first found out about Operation Coupons for Our Troops about six months ago through a Facebook friend who is a member of the Cranford VFW Post 335 (Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/vfwpost335).

Every week, households across the country get the newspaper which typically have manufacturers coupons.  Some of us cut out what we can use while others simply put the entire batch in the recycling bin never to be seen again.  What if there was a place to send them that would help others and all it would cost you would be the postage?  What a GREAT way for us to “give back” to our military families by recycling coupons that we don’t use. Military families can use current and EXPIRED (up to 3 months from the expiration date) manufacturers coupons at the BX/PX.  Such an easy way to help others who risk their lives for us each day.

I never realized how much the “small” things that we take for granted are appreciated by our military families and our troops until about 10 years ago.  My best friend’s husband, Bill, was deployed to Bagram in the early days of “Operation Freedom”.

A one month deployment turned into a 6 month stint during a time when there was no family support groups – just friends and family who got Stephanie and the four kids (Jen, Sean, Ryan & Shane) through the many days and long nights.  Every penny counted and believe it or not, coupons helped. Here is a quote from her Facebook page on Veteran’s Day –

” On Veterans Day, don’t count the days or the months. Just please remember every family of every soldier – and if you don’t know what to say, just do a random act of kindness like taking out the trash for a soldier’s wife while her husband is at home. Small things mean a lot. I know.  November 11, 2012 at 8:37pm 
Have a wonderful day and if you should see someone from the military today – Thank them!  They don’t just sacrifice their lives on Veteran’s Day but EVERY DAY!