Donations keep the program going
by Melanie Jongsma
LANSING, Ill. (April 19, 2018) – The Lansing Business Women’s Association has been collecting coupons since 2010. They mail these coupons to military bases overseas, where military families are allowed to use them up to six months past the expiration date.
The LBWA has a collection of thank-you’s received from military personnel who have received coupons. “You cannot imagine the money our little family has saved and the difference these coupons have made,” wrote Heidi Duncan, an Army wife in Germany, several years ago. And in a 2018 email, Information Specialist Patrick Magruder wrote, “We just wanted to reach out and give our heartfelt thanks to the Lansing Business Women for the effort you put in to help us and the community feel more comfortable overseas. It is efforts like yours that remind the community that we have support back home and that we are never forgotten.”
Patricia Leck has been leading the LBWA’s military coupon program since the beginning. The group tries to mail three boxes of coupons per month, and each box costs just over $20 to mail. Because LBWA mailed 6 boxes in a recent 45-day span, their postage fund is now completely depleted.
Lansing residents and businesses are welcome to make donations to replenish the military coupon program’s postage fund. Contact Patricia Leck at 708-323-5232 for details.
The Lansing Business Women’s Association meets at 8:00am on the third Wednesday of each month at the Lansing Municipal Center, 3141 Ridge Road. New members are welcome.