Dotted Line Divas, a nonprofit that uses extreme couponing to collect items for people in need, has moved into a larger space at Mercy Road Church Northwest, 9511 Angola Ct. in Indianapolis, after outgrowing its previous location.
“Mercy Road is my home church,” said Christina Huffines, a Carmel resident and Dotted Line Divas founder and executive director. “They had a nice, big space they offered to us, so we thought it would be a good move. It’s in a more centralized location for the families that utilize us.”
In fact, in the first month after the move, the group nearly doubled the number of families it serves to almost 100 a month.
“Keep in mind, when I say we’re helping 100 families, that means we’re serving more like 400 to 500 people because they don’t just get one shampoo for the entire family,” Huffines said. “They receive men, women’s and children’s products, so product donations are needed for us.”
Families in need can visit the pantry from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the third Saturday of each month to pick up items most food pantries don’t offer.
“I am so lucky to have a great partnership with Kroger,” Huffines said. “I can place my large orders, and they let me use all my coupons.”
Dotted Line Divas also teaches families how to use coupons to stretch funds.
Although the current growth is rewarding, Huffines isn’t content with only helping 100 families a month. She has plans for major expansion.
“One day, I would love to open my own community center,” Huffines said. “It would have a food pantry, personal care pantry, a clothing pantry, a place for families to get haircuts. I want it to be a place where a family can come and get most of their needs met.”
Huffines is looking for board members, volunteers and donations. For more, visit dottedlinedivas.org.