Diplomat employees use coupons to collect food, toiletries for charity
FLINT, Mich. — Diplomat Specialty Pharmacy recently took "extreme couponing" to a new level, not to save money for customers, but to collect items for charity.
Diplomat sponsored a contest in which 12 employees competed to see who could buy the most food items and toiletries for local charities using only $25 and coupons. With $300, employees bought $2,160 worth of groceries, which will be donated to Flint, Mich.-based Carriage Town Ministries and St. Luke N.E.W. Life Center.
"The initial inspiration for the coupling contest came after a visit to the St. Luke N.E.W. Life Center," Diplomat director of enterprise technology resources Michelle West said. "A Diplomat employee, Stephanie Howes, saw their need and came up with 'extreme couponing' for a cause, advancing the idea from the popular TV show on TLC."