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      Teen spends summer couponing to collect for those in need in CNY

      A Steuben County teenager spent the first part of her summer couponing to collect essential items to give to those in need in Central New York.

      Emily Walters, 13, of Painted Post, has been filling boxes with toiletry items, food, snacks, Gatorade, and even Diabetes Meters since April.

      On Friday, she and her family brought the boxes to the Rescue Mission on Gifford Street in Syracuse.

      Emily's generousity sparked as a Girl Scout, when she and fellow troop members participated in a project where everyone bought something on a Rescue Mission's wish list to donate to the organization. Now, she's taking the idea a few steps further.

      In all, the donations Emily brought to the Rescue Mission Friday are worth more than $1350, but Emily says she spent less than $25 collecting the items.

      Emily was inspired by watching shows like Extreme Couponing, and reading the Krazy Coupon Lady's Blog. In some cases, receipts show she left the stores she visited with more money than she came in with.

      Emily says anyone who wants to help can chip in in their own way.

      "I think it's really great. I know that they really need this, and I'm happy that I could help," she says.

      The Rescue Mission says Emily's donation will help stock the shelves of its emergency shelter.

      Other essentials will go toward meal-planning, and helping the homeless living in our community.

      The Rescue Mission serves 800 meals to those in need every day.