THIS is how you make a difference:
29-year old Lauren Puryear is on track to feed 30,000 disadvantaged people by her 30th birthday.
Her secret to success? Coupons.
Her mission started in earnest in 2012, following the death of her grandmother who’d always preached the importance of helping others. So it was in her honor that Puryear started ‘The Love of Others.’ Their stated mission is to help people, “through providing opportunities to enable them to live a purposeful life.”
Puryear is already wildly accomplished in her own life, having earned four degrees and currently working as a mental health clinician. But this is her true passion, and she estimates she’s served meals to 5,000 people over the past three years alone.
But when someone finally brought couponing to her attention, she realized she could expand her operations massively. “I started couponing for food items like spaghetti, meatballs, and I was (often) able to get the items for free or for little to no money," she explained.
When she’s couponing, she estimates she can feed 150 people on just $20. #Winning.
“It’s probably the most exhilarating thing I could ever do in life,” says Puryear. “The joy of helping other people does not compare to any other accomplishment in my life.”
Although there is one task she takes just as seriously as feeding the hungry: passing on these values to her 5-year old son.
“It is very important to teach him to help other people," she said. "The little things we take for granted, the food we throw away every day... and if we just spread a little more love around, the world would be such a better place."
You can learn more about For the Love of Others here.