Lost Penny Day and Some Thoughts
There is a day that is called Lost Penny Day and was founded by Adrienne Sioux Koopersmith to show us how what we consider “petty change” can make a difference in someone’s life.
You and I usually find these little gems an annoyance. Our item may cost $1.99 and there’s that penny to add to our loose change collection that is already weighing down our purses or pockets.
Some places offer a little tray of pennies for shoppers who may need a penny to complete a transaction or if you don’t want to bother carrying that extra penny, you can leave yours there.
Before we moved, we decided to try to do something with all of the loose change we’d accumulated over the years. We used to save quarters to make phone calls or for the toll booth but we now have cell phones and toll booth transponders.
We had all sorts of change that we ended up donating and in the end gave a large bag of pennies to our friend’s daughter.
But what this day reminded me of was that everything we do adds up. The pennies we collect may seem like a waste of time but they can, in turn, add up to hundreds of dollars. This could make a difference to someone or some charitable organization.
The same is true of the acts that we do or the words that we say. The little gesture of saying hello to a stranger or offering to open someone’s door may seem like nothing to you and me...something that we do without even thinking...but to the recipient, you may give them just what they need at this point in their lives.
If you want to celebrate Lost Penny Day, what about gathering your loose change and donating it to a favorite charity.