Queen’s Heart a unique way to be charitable

Coupons, thankfully, aren’t a thing of the past.

In fact, “extreme couponing” is the basis for a nonprofit called The Queen’s Heart.

Khadijah Wilson, a resident of Marquette, has founded the organization that has delivered baskets of personal care and household items to organizations in Marquette and Alger counties.

Items like dish soap, laundry detergent and toilet paper are staples in the giveaways. It’s important to have baubles such as jewelry and boxed candy, but it’s more important to have a toothbrush.

Wilson, a native of the British Virgin Islands, started looking at coupons in February and discovered she could purchase many household items for just a fraction of the retail price.

Wilson was inspired by her late mother, Orie Warren Jakes, who stressed the importance of generosity.

With the help of Northern Michigan University professors Kia Richmond and Ruth Watry, a board of directors for the new nonprofit was formed.

The name “Queen” refers to Jakes, which she usually was called.

Volunteers with The Queen’s Heart are trained and given $25 at a time that, using coupons, typically will bring in $50 to $75 worth of products.

And since it’s a relatively new organization, The Queen’s Heart is starting on a small scale and requesting feedback about the types of products provided in the baskets.

The Queen’s Heart represents a unique idea — stretching the consumer dollar to buy more goods than could be purchased without coupons.

Not only that, the goods represent common but essential items relating to basic grooming.

We applaud the organizers’ efforts on this wonderful organization and hope it’s successful for many years to come.

For more information on The Queen’s Heart, visit its Facebook page.