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Posted: September 14, 2017

Hurricane Harvey: Texas mom uses couponing skills for relief efforts

A laundromat's machines sit exposed in the elements after Hurricane Harvey ripped through Rockport, Texas, on Saturday, August 26, 2017. The hurricane hit the Texas coast as a category 4 storm, damaging buildings and leaving tens of thousands without power.
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A laundromat's machines sit exposed in the elements after Hurricane Harvey ripped through Rockport, Texas, on Saturday, August 26, 2017. The hurricane hit the Texas coast as a category 4 storm, damaging buildings and leaving tens of thousands without power.

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By Eric Webb, Austin American-Statesman

SAN ANTONIO —

“I'm just a little loud-mouth country girl from the backwoods of Kentucky who's been in this situation before and wanted to help.”

That’s what Kimberly Gager wrote in one post on her Facebook profile in response to the attention she’s received for her admirable mission: using top-notch couponing skills to help Hurricane Harvey survivors.

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Gager, who lives in the San Antonio area, does indeed know the struggles of hurricane evacuees firsthand. In 1999, she lost her home in Newport News, Virginia, to Hurricane Floyd, according to ABC News, an event she told the outlet was “horrific.”

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

When Harvey hit Texas late last month, Gager began seeing pleas for supplies on social media. She knew what she had to do, and took to Facebook to offer her talents as a coupon clipper extraordinaire.


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