Lost Penny Day and Some Thoughts...

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Lost Penny Day and Some Thoughts

There is a day that is called Lost Penny Day and was founded by Adrienne bucket of penniesSioux 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.

 

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Gabe Sanders
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Great idea Kathy.  Though, I think I did this about five or six years ago and tend to be completely cashless these days.

Feb 12, 2019 05:56 AM #7
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Joan Cox
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Kathy, I used to save all my change, and cash it in when it came time for vacation.  Found my bank doesn't have that machine any longer, so stopped.

Feb 12, 2019 06:44 AM #8
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Great thought Aunt Kathy....we do carry quarters in the car...for tolls and Illinois trips and Aldi shopping when we always give a cart to a new shopper rather than get our quarter returned.

Feb 12, 2019 06:53 AM #9
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Hi Kathy Streib - I love your take on "Lost Penny Day".  I usually just empty my pocket book when I am near one of those change counters.  I may be rethinking how I handle those pennies.

Feb 12, 2019 07:33 AM #10
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As a coin collector as a youth I dfound it does add up. My parents would give me all their pennis to go through and finidng 1909 Lincoln pennies among others was a big deal to me.

Feb 12, 2019 08:33 AM #11
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Never knew they had a day for that. Seems like there is a day for everything. Great way to use all the loose change.

Feb 12, 2019 09:01 AM #12
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Kathy,

I never take the pennies in change at the market, I usually tell them to give the penny to someone who needs it.  With using Apple pay frequently, I don't have all that much change, and with what I have goes to barristas, the fish store, etc.  A

Feb 12, 2019 09:09 AM #13
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Those little gestures of kindness do not even cost a penny and are worth much more.

Feb 12, 2019 11:40 AM #14
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I have a fruit jar that I put my loose coins in.  The quarters often stay in the ash tray of my car, in case I want to go through a coin car wash.  But, the large bulk goes into the fruit jar.  Then each Thanksgiving, I take them to a Coin exchanger at my local grocery store.  There's usually enough in there to pay for a nice Butterball turkey, a ham, and some of the fixins.  

Feb 12, 2019 01:44 PM #15
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Kathy, I've been throwing my loose change into a container for years.  Every couple of years or so I head to the local Coinstar and turn that change into an Amazon e-certificate.  No charge from Coinstar for doing that and we wind up with a nice amount of dollars for buying dog and cat food. 

Feb 12, 2019 03:57 PM #16
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Kathy I still remember like it was yesterday the days I would have a pocket full of quarters for the phone booths ....... LOL

Feb 12, 2019 05:08 PM #17
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Hi Michael Jacobs that phrase crossed my mind too. 

Barbara Todaro wow that's a lot of change!!!!  

Wayne Martin we keep ours in the same place!!!!  

 

 

Feb 12, 2019 06:51 PM #18
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Donald Urschalitz I truly admire your dedication to this organization!

Thank you Brian England we don't often realize it but they do add up!!!

Will Hamm Larry and I usually donate our change when we're out and there is a box set up for it . 

Feb 12, 2019 06:54 PM #19
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Gabe Sanders I was thinking the same thing when I read about this day. I don't carry much cash with me anymore and therefore my collection of coins has gone down!!

Joan Cox ours will do it but you have to leave it with them and they either send it out or wait to do it. They credit it to your account, I think. 

Feb 12, 2019 06:56 PM #20
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Sally K. & David L. Hanson that is so sweet of you to do!!! I don't think I've seen anything like that (renting the cart)

Sheri Sperry - MCNE® I gave a big clear plastic dinosaur bank to our friend's daughter once and it was filled halfway with our loose change. Tristan old enough for this yet??

Feb 12, 2019 06:59 PM #21
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Joe Pryor I remember when they came out with the State Quarters. I started collecting them. 

Sharon Lee you're right...there is some strange day celebration every day. 

Ron and Alexandra Seigel you're right...many aren't carrying cash or much of it these days. I Apple pay whenever I can. 

 

Feb 12, 2019 07:11 PM #22
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This is so true Roy Kelley 

Myrl Jeffcoat isn't it amazing how it adds up!!! 

Liz and Bill Spear I'll have to check them out. Most of the places I've seen charge for it. 

 

Feb 12, 2019 07:13 PM #23
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George Souto You may not have done this but when I was growing up I remember my mother reminding me to always have a quarter in my purse in case I needed to make a phone call. 

Feb 12, 2019 07:14 PM #24
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Wonderful ideas. I hope you receive lots of pennies today.

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Hi Kathy whether it's pennies or kind words they all add up to something good!

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