The single cent solution
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Jan 31, 2013  |  Vote 0    0

The single cent solution

Hamilton Mountain News

Neighbour to Neighbour Centre wants your pennies

By Mark Newman, News Staff

It’s an opportunity to let those soon to be obsolete pennies laying around the house or office do some good in the community.

Neighbour to Neighbour Centre has begun their Pennies for your Neighbour campaign that will  run throughout February.

“I think an awful lot of people have penny jars where they throw their pennies and don’t use them for anything any more,” said Doug Farraway, director of development at the Athens Street centre which runs a busy food bank, a literary program for children and a variety of other services that help thousands of Mountain and Ancaster residents each year. “Give us your pennies and we’ll turn them into good works.”

The federal government announced last year that it would be phasing out the one-cent coin and the Royal Canadian Mint is slated to stop sending pennies to banks and other financial institutions on Feb. 4.

Farraway said he recently emptied a bowl of pennies at home and the six pounds of coins amounted to $11.40.

“If I can get 500 people to do what I did, that’s a lot of pennies and that’s a lot of good that can be done,” Farraway said.

The public is asked to put their pennies into a freezer or sandwich bag and drop them off at one of several depots located at businesses and offices across the city.

The pennies do not have to be washed or rolled and the baggies can include other spare change.

Farraway said anyone who wants to can roll their pennies and if they have $20 or more they can drop them off at the Athens Street centre and get a tax receipt.

“The potential is thousands of dollars for a useless piece of copper,” he said.

For a full list of depots or to organize a penny drive for Neighbour to Neighbour, see through the month of February or call 905-574-1334.


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