*SmartCanucks Community* Proud To Be Canadian Shelter Bags

If you’re new to SmartCanucks.ca I thought I’d let you know about the wonderful and caring community we have on here. I have come across some very generous and kind people who help those less fortunate than ourselves. Here’s what our marvelous member eriluo did in her own words:

For those new to the board, I put together shelter packs full of toiletries for a local 10 bed women’s shelter, by buying products using coupons when everything is relatively inexpensive Thanks to a lot of donations of coupons and products, from wonderful SC’rs on the board, I have been able to donate over $2500 or more worth of stuff to the shelter since last September. This has helped both the women and the shelter’s budget at the same time!

Well, thanks again to all the wonderful, generous coupon Random Acts of Kindness (RAOKs) I have received since then, it didn’t take me long to rebuild my stash and get all my stuff together for the latest shelter offering.

So, in celebration of our native land and being inspired by Giant Tiger’s “Proud To Be Canadian” bags, I have assembled 12 shelter stash gift bags to be delivered later this morning to the shelter in honour of Canada Day!

Here is what I put together this time around:

12 assorted Shave Gels
12 Bic Bella Razor pkgs
12 Dove Nutrium Body Washes
12 assorted 2-in-1 Shampoo/Conditioners
12 pkgs. assorted Stayfree Maxi Pads
12 assorted Deodorants
12 Crest toothpastes
12 Colgate toothbrushes
12 assorted Face Masks
12 assorted Body Lotions

12 “Proud To Be Canadian” Shopping Bags from GT
12 assorted Teas
12 assorted Chocolate Bars
12 pkgs. Halls

How the bag looks like fully assembled!

How the bag looks like from the inside!

How all 12 bags look like grouped together!

Last but not least, a bag that echo my sentiments on how I feel today = Proud to be a Canadian!

Thanks again to everyone who has supported me along the way, through coupons, products and morale support! You all exemplify what it is to be a Canadian too, so Happy Canada Day Everyone!


Update: Bags have been delivered!

I brought them to the shelter this morning and the shelter staff member who greeted me, I know, and she said that the bags are so appreciated by the residents and that they are so grateful for the donation! Hearing that made my day, but that wasn’t all…

She gave me the following card:

46 responses to “*SmartCanucks Community* Proud To Be Canadian Shelter Bags”

  1. Cheap says:

    That is a very nice thing that you have done: donating items to a shelter.

  2. Sporeo says:

    Wonderful job! What a nice post =]

  3. coupon girl says:

    so kind -bravo to eriluo for all the work she has done in her donations

  4. Tara says:


  5. Frugal.Tea says:

    :)Great post. Eriluo what nice gift bags. You have done a wonderful thing.

  6. eriluo says:

    Thanks everyone for your kind comments on the shelter donations. Lots of you here on SC have donated both coupons and products towards my stash, so I definitely couldn’t do what I do as well without your help! So bravo to Boo and everyone for making this such a great board to be apart!

  7. Sally says:

    You rock Erilou, but you know this! COngrats again for a donation well done!

  8. SnowWhiteFanatic says:

    Erilou – please msg me with how I can send my coupons and samples to assist with this : )

  9. Daria says:

    What a nice thing to do! You have undoubtedly made an impact on the lives of the women who receive these care packs. Good job!

  10. Natalka says:

    She is indeed a beautiful woman, inside and out, and a great inspiration!

  11. mhk says:

    You are such a sweet lady!

  12. Litesandsirens911 says:

    I said it once, but I will gladly say it again…Erilou, you are such an amazing woman, and your kindness speaks volumes..those women are so thankful for all you do…:-)

  13. KoonBaboon says:

    Proud to be a smart canuck and have such amazing members of this community! What an inspiration!!

  14. Shadyman says:

    Sweet! You go, Boo!

  15. fryzie says:

    this is just wonderful. i’m glad you posted this. i think it encourages everyone to spread the love and the coupons!

  16. ISEY says:

    Wow, you are inspiring! What a kind thing for you to do.

  17. savelifes says:


  18. Jen says:

    This is wonderful! Congratulations on a wonderful job! Amazing!

  19. Love$Joy says:

    You’re awesome! keep doing what you’re doing…

  20. TaraF says:

    I absolutely love these Shelter Bags you put together. I’m sure they are greatly appreciated and Karma will reward you. Good job!

  21. SusanB. says:

    Wow! You are very inspiring Eriluo! The bags you put together are so very thoughtful and beautiful.
    You are truly a blessing to the women at that shelter. I love hearing about kind people like you πŸ™‚

  22. charlie says:

    Haw can i say~ you are lovely lady~ wonderful

  23. dori says:

    good job!!!

  24. 7mountains says:

    You DO deserve front page here at SC. Koodles to you once again!!!

  25. munaza says:

    I am proud that Canada has good people as you. Bless you and God bless Canada

  26. natasha says:

    wow this is so wonderful. thank you so much for sharing this story. i am touched and once again reminded of why i am proud to be canadian πŸ™‚ way to go eriluo

  27. Jeanine says:

    I saw the pic, and thought…I know a gal that does that! Hey…E, it is you! πŸ™‚ You’ve got the biggest heart, and I’m so glad to see that you’ve been getting some help along the way, so that you can do this more times throughout the year. I’m so proud to know you! πŸ™‚

  28. Melody113 says:

    Beautiful person.

  29. Rachel says:

    You are amazing! I am reminded of strangers who helped us when we first migrated here 8 years ago. I am proud to be Canadian, too! Thank you to people like you!

  30. hi thats really great.i just wanna ask u if we wanna donate anything like this.where we gonna donate?i wanna give some stuff to them .pls let me know thanks.GOD bless u.

  31. zeta says:

    What an awesome thing to do. Keep up the good work~

  32. sarah says:

    That’s an amazing thing you have done! You used coupons and kind donations to change the life of others.

  33. Eva C says:

    wow.. how nice of you πŸ™‚

  34. Cindy says:

    That is the best thing I’ve heard since the Haiti reliefs, I swear! That is simply amazing and inspiring and I hope that I can do that one day!

  35. Paula says:

    Wow, this story put tears in my eyes! GREAT JOB!

  36. Rebel says:

    Thats so sweet of you. Good job!

  37. Brenda says:

    This is a really sweet post, and a wonderful thing to do. I’m feeling sentimental today, and this choked me up. β™₯

  38. NurseJenn says:

    I have to say that you did a wonderful job and I am sure it was and always is appreciated!. I know some people who were in a womens shelter and it was always amazing that people like you go out of the way to help out men and women who are less fortunate because of circumstances that are beyond control. Keep it up !!!! Please PM me and let me know what coupons you are seeking for the next bags/baskets and I will gladly help you out!

  39. Person says:

    Hello, I just wanted to say what you did was incredibly generous.
    I was at a shelter for a couple weeks, and I met a lot of women. Most of them, like myself, were going through a difficult time.
    It will be greatly appreciated, by all the people there, I am sure.


  40. Star says:

    What an amazing person you are! Reading this story made me cry and smile all in the space of minutes. It definitely makes me proud to be Canadian and to know there are people like you out there who care so much. And moreover it made me really feel apreciation for the things in my own life and the people I’m lucky to have in it.
    Thanks for sharing your story with us all! =)

  41. eriluo says:

    Thanks so much everyone for your sweet and kind comments. I am humbled by your words and inspired by your support and encouragement. Thank you for taking the time to read my story and think of others at the same time.

    To the person who asked where you can donate items, look up the category of women’s shelters/organizations in your local yellow pages/phone book and give them a call. I know they would appreciate the help! Often organizations get the most support during the holidays and not always during the summer etc., so I am sure they would welcome donations anytime! Good luck to all of you who may take on this endeavour as well!

  42. over4omommy says:

    You are an inspiration to us all !!!

  43. Zay says:

    You are truly an inspiration. Keep up the good work!

  44. LOVEly says:

    Good job, it is incredible what such a kind act can do for a person. All woman like to be pampered, it was very nice of you to donate these things. And just for everyone else, womans shelters usually accept donations of everything from clothes to baby formula, and usually looking for volunteers!

  45. Ashley says:

    Congrats Erika! That is wonderful to hear that the shelter really appreciates everything you do, and took the time to write you a nice thank you card. Keep up the wonderful work you do! I will keep sending you more coupons too! πŸ™‚

  46. Tarrie says:

    Wow, What a great job, I would be intrested in helping out as well. Please let everyone know how we can help out too.


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