Scout Venture Crew to Help Military Families Make Ends Meet

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The "Coupons to Troops" program is underway in Madison. Credits: Sina Alhusseini
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MADISON, NJ - A Madison firefighter and high school junior have teamed up to help U.S. troops overseas.

Dave Carey, who is a Madison firefighter, Marine veteran, and Eagle Scout, is working with Sina Alhusseini, a vice president of Venture Crew 77, an affliate of the Madison Boy Scouts on "Coupons to Troops."

Sina is a Madison High School Junior, a VC-77 Vice President, and a key member of BSA-Patriots’ Path Council’s Youth Executive Committee. She also is looking towards completing a project that will earn her Venturing’s Highest Honor: the Silver Award.  

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Sina also wanted a project that supported those in the U.S. military, and that’s where the “Dave Carey connection” began in earnest. Carey is also the father of a current Air Force Sergeant, and has led many local support efforts. Recently he was able to locate one called “Coupons to Troops.”

Founded in 2009, “Coupons to Troops” was created to help spread awareness that US military families who are stationed overseas can use coupons up to 6 months past their expiration date.

The inspiration came from a letter that appeared in Dear Abby’s advice column in February 2009. A reader had written in, saying that she had just begun couponing but every week there were so many more than her family could use so she was wondering what she could do with the extra coupons. One thing led to another, and an amazing support program was born.

So during “coupon month” VC-77 and Firefighter Carey will be collecting manufacturer’s coupons (please…no individual store coupons are accepted by the program) during April. The following are the location where “drop boxes” will be available.

  • Madison Fire Department
  • Madison Police Department
  • Madison High School
  • Madison Junior School
  • Madison Volunteer Ambulance Squad Building
  • American Legion Post 43 in Florham Park
  • Patriots’ Path Council Headquarters in Florham Park 
  • Madison Area YMCA
  • Madison Elks Lodge #1465
  • Madison Presbyterian Church

Other locations may be added during the month, or VC-77 will pick up coupons where applicable.

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