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St. Luke’s residents clip coupons to aid military

Abbey Thulin

St. Luke’s Nursing Center and Residential Care began its Fourth of July celebration by cutting coupons to send to the troops as part of the Overseas Coupon Program Wednesday in the center’s activity room.

The Overseas Coupon Program, or the OCP, serves military families and assists them by forwarding “manufacturer’s coupons” to overseas military bases. The bundles of coupons are placed on tables, at the PX and Commissary, or handed out for use by military members and families on base, helping the family save money and stretch our their budgets.

St. Luke’s Activity Director Tammy Grimm said she saw an article on the Internet about a group of elderly women from Greenbelt, Md., who were intrigued by this idea and determined to do their part in the war on terror.

“I thought that this idea would be something our residents could do to send overseas to the troops and their families,” Grimm said.

However, Grimm added that it’s not just the troops who benefit from the activity.

“It’s a good way to start celebrating the Fourth of July, and it also gives our residents exercise by cutting,” Grimm said. “It’s also a great way for them to socialize with each other by looking at the coupons, the prices and the new items that are coming out that they haven’t seen.

Grimm said the group is going to continue clipping coupons, which are donated by local churches, a couple times a month through the summer, or, she said, until the residents start saying they don’t want to do it anymore.

For more information on OCP or if anyone is interested in participating or starting their own group to donate to the military, log on to www.ocpnet.org.