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Texas Mom Uses ‘Extreme Couponing’ to Help Out Victims of Hurricane Harvey

Kimberly Gager has an eye for deals, having been “extreme couponing” for about about five years. So when Hurricane Harvey struck, Gager knew just what to do to help out the victims the most using her special gift.

At this point, CBS News reports, Gager’s garage is filled with so many boxes and products for Harvey victims that she can’t even park there any more. The mother of three has secured laundry detergent, soap, diapers, baby wipes, formula…all to donate to those who had their lives pulled apart by the hurricane.

“After Harvey, I kept telling my mom, ‘There’s something more that I need to be doing. I don’t think I’m doing enough,’” Gager, a mother of three, told the news station. “So I put it out on Facebook.”

She she made her grand announcement. She would shop on behalf of anyone who wanted to donate to the victims, expecting a few friends to take part in her idea. But then the responses started rolling in.

“It kind of blew up,” Gager said.

“I don’t plan to cut it off until I know that people are OK,” said Gager. “Something as small as a bottle of body wash, stick of deodorant or a tube of toothpaste, I know how that felt during hurricane Floyd, and people are so grateful for that.”

“Sometimes I’m delivering until 1 or 2 a.m.,” Gager said. “It’s really becoming a second job. I’ve gotten very little sleep.”

“I’m in that store so much now that they know my name,” she added. “Now even at Target they see me coming they shut down a line and open another. They bring out pallets to roll items out to my car.”

But to Gager it is all in a days work, knowing full well what those families are currently going through, having lost her own home in Virginia in 1999 due to Hurricane Floyd.

“Just a hug or a stick of deodorant or toothpaste — that would have been so appreciated at the time,” Gager recalled.

“It was horrific. I lost everything in the flood. I was living in military housing at the time because I was in the Navy. The entire apartment complex was flooded,” she told ABC News. “I was looking at all the stories and pictures of houses and everything under water in Harvey and knew I had to do something.”

CBS News reports that to date, Gager has delivered needed items to around 30 families, and according to ABC News, she plans to extend her helping hand to those who have been affected by Irma, with no intentions of stopping anytime soon.

“I don’t plan to cut it off until I know that people are OK,” said Gager. “Something as small as a bottle of body wash, stick of deodorant or a tube of toothpaste, I know how that felt during hurricane Floyd, and people are so grateful for that.”

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