Giving Back Through Zaman International

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We’ve been asking our readers — “If you had an extra $100, who would you help and how?” Well, the Hip2Save community came forward with an endless amount of charities stationed all over the globe. ❤️

Monica reached out to share the work of organization Zaman International, where she is actually employed. Zaman provides basic needs assistance and vocational skills training by offering clients access to a food pantry, clothing closet, furniture bank, and an assortment of household goods, along with classes in sewing, English literacy, and the culinary arts. Their average clients are mothers in the Southeast Michigan area with 2-3 children, living on under $9,500 each year.

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As a Zaman employee, she has seen first-hand the difference their programs make in the lives of families who have fallen through the cracks of traditional assistance. Whether it is the mother of a terminally-ill child who simply needs to know where her next meal will come from, or a newly-arrived refugee who gains the skills and confidence to start a business to support her family, the assistance we give is truly life-changing.

Monica relies on Hip2Save to source high-quality items at low prices to provide families in need with items that she herself would be happy to use or consume. Most recently, she was able to purchase 600 new, brand name winter coats for under $6,000. Score!

pile of pillows and towels for zaman international

With the $100 Target gift card Monica received from us, she purchased 18 pillows and 14 bath towels for her client’s families and took advantage of a 30% off deal to do so! She explained that while most of us take clean towels and comfy pillows for granted, they do place a strain on many of our families who are struggling just to get by.

These items were so gratefully received since brand new pillows and towels are very rarely donated to Zaman. In fact, they had accumulated a waiting list for both items, which was completely fulfilled by the items she purchased with the gift card!

car truck full of room essentials pillows and towels for zaman

Thank you, Monica, & Zaman International, for all that you do!

We love how dedicated our Hip2Save readers are to giving back in such a huge way. Stay tuned for more giving back stories!

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About the writer:

Emily obtained her Bachelor's degrees from Clarkson University with 5 years of content writing experience specializing in health, beauty, fashion, home, & living frugally.

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Comments 14

  1. MamaMia


  2. Monica

    Thank you so much, Hip2Save team, for this opportunity! The towels and pillows were so very much appreciated by our staff and, of course, by the families we serve.

    • Collin (Mrs. Hip)

      Awww… so happy to hear that! ❤️

  3. Cami

    That is absolutely amazing! I love that you are using all the great deals and tips we learn from Hip2Save and putting it to such great use! Way to go 👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽

  4. kerRI

    High five Monica !!

  5. Jess

    Love this post!

  6. Suzanne

    What a blessing Monica and Hip2save! I love this!

  7. Emily

    Go Monica!! You are making a huge difference in so many families lives!

  8. Blue

    <3 always wins!

  9. Tonya

    Awesome story! Those are the same items we give refugees here in Albuquerque. Pass on the love.

  10. AnnArborBargains

    I am so lucky to be able to volunteer at this organization! Monica and her colleagues are doing amazing things every day. And thanks to Hip2Save and Monica’s eye for the best deals, they are able to help so many more people. I’m proud to be a Zamanitarian! 😀

    • Monica ZI

      Thank you, AnnArborBargains, for being such a wonderful Zamanitarian!

  11. B

    It’s wonderful that you have the mindset, money-saving skills, and ability to help others in need, by spending less money, but on good quality items! I love that your organization is also helping women learn life skills so that they can better their lives. ❤️

  12. Monica ZI

    Thank you all for your kind words! It’s certainly a blessing to be able to combine my Hip2Save skills with Zaman’s greater mission. If you’re ever in Southeast Michigan, please stop by and visit! (Our Good Deeds Resale Shop, which supports our programs, always has great bargains :))

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