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Rest In Peace Penny

The Canadian Government announced a couple of weeks ago they are eliminating the penny from Canada's coinage system. In about six months the Royal Canadian Mint will stop distributing the pretty little copper coins. In the fall, businesses will be asked to return pennies to the nearest financial institution where they will be cremated and their little lives will be celebrated (melted down and the metal content recycled.)

How many pennies are in circulation you ask? Well according to Alex Reeves of the Royal Canadian Mint, "given the extent of hoarding that has occurred for many years, it is not possible to accurately estimate the number of pennies still in circulation" and the mint does not reveal the number of coins removed from circulation. I had no idea penny hoarding was a social issue?! I can just see it on the next episode of TLC's Hoarders, someone with an extreme penny hoarding condition.

I'm sure we all have pennies lying around. Possibly in "change jars," drawers, in the bottom of our purses, in crevices in our vehicles, etc... To us they are probably a hassle, worth very little and when they all add up they make our purses or pockets so heavy they could be considered a weapon.

Here at ABC Head Start every penny matters. Here are some stats of the power of a penny at ABC Head Start:

100 pennies (2 rolls) = nutritional snack for a child for 1 day

400 pennies (8 rolls) = nutritional snack for 1 child for a week

1600 pennies (32 rolls) = nutritional snacks for one class of 16 children for one day

6400 pennies ( 128 rolls) = nutritional snacks for one class of children for one week

6 750 000 pennies would feed all 370 children for the whole school year! That is only 135 000 rolls!

CALLING ALL PENNY HOARDERS: Why not put your pennies to good use and feed a hungry child a nutritious snack? Start collecting your pennies and donate them to ABC Head Start's Plentiful Pennies Donation Drive. Get your workplace, church, children's school, and everyone you know involved! As I said in my Head Start 2012 blog post, a lot of little's can make a big difference, collecting your pennies for ABC Head Start will prove just that.

If you, or a group of individuals, would like to get involved in ABC Head Start's Plentiful Pennies Donation Drive please call our administration office at 780-461-5353 or email abchs@abcheadstart.org to receive your Plentiful Pennies Donation Drive kit. In the kit there will be a donation tracking sheet, as anyone who donates over ten dollars is eligible for a charitable receipt. The kit also includes a poster including the statistics mentioned above and a way to track your donations so your group can follow their progress. And lastly, the kit will include a Penny jar to collect your copper friends in.

Do you need a Plentiful Pennies Donation kit to get involved?? Certainly not! Just drop your pennies off to the ABC Head Start Administration office #103, 5104 - 82 Avenue, Edmonton, on or before June 22, 2012. Get involved and put your pennies to good use!

Every dollar matters. By supporting ABC Head Start you will give children the skills they need to be successful in their educational journey and support families to transition out of poverty, become healthy and self-reliant. Donate to ABC Head Start today and start making a difference in the lives of children, families and our communities.