- Eric Webb American-Statesman Staff
“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.
Gager, who lives in the San Antonio area, does indeed know the struggle 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. 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 under water 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.
Since then, Gager’s Facebook page has become a parade of photos and videos testifying to the power of kindness (and a good bargain).
According to CNN, Gager has turned her garage into a hurricane supply warehouse. She told the network that the effort has become like a second a job.
And as anyone can see, Gager is indeed an expert shopper.
Gager’s kindness in Harvey’s aftermath hasn’t stopped at supply gathering. She’s also posted messages asking for people who need help doing their laundry to contact her — also offering to pick up them and their clothes — and putting out pleas to her Facebook friends for baby clothes donations.
Gager’s not slowing down, if a post from Sept. 11 is any indication.
As she told ABC News, “I don’t plan to cut it off until I know that people are OK.”View full experience