And the 50,000 Pennies go to …
The Rescue Mission of Roanoke, Virginia
Thanks to many volunteers, spearheaded by Lee Rowland, this group collected 1,689,600+ pennies ($16,896) to donate to this mission that serves as a Christian Crisis Intervention Center for Southwestern Virginia. The Rescue Mission of Roanoke provides shelter, food, and medical care to the homeless. They have a women and children’s shelter, and men’s shelter. They also provide clothing and furniture assistance and do not receive any federal, state or local funding. Now they have an additional 50,000 pennies ($500) from Farmers’ Almanac to help them pay for their inspirational and wonderful efforts.
Forgotten Felines of Maine
Pamela Hansberry emailed us the details of how her and fellow volunteers managed to collect 51,452 pennies ($514.52) for Forgotten Felines of Maine, a non-profit corporation dedicated to educating the public about free- roaming cats. They provide services about caring for these cats, assist in humanely reducing cat overpopulation and provide access to spay/neutering places and help with placements in loving homes. Farmers’ Almanac has not donated 50,000 pennies ($500) to this worthwhile organization.
Liberty House, New Hampshire
Larissa Cassady shared how she and others coordinated a penny collection through The Ladies Auxiliary to VFW Post 3041. With the help of the auxiliary members, Cindy Watson, and other businesses and volunteers, they were able to collect 169,401 pennies ($1,694.01) and donate them to the Liberty House in New Hampshire. This organization is the only transitional housing for Homeless Veterans in the state of New Hampshire. They provide daily necessities, substance-free environment, peer support, and a case management team to their residents. The Liberty House helped decrease our Homeless Veterans in the state from 500 in 2004 to 127 in 2012. And now they have an additional donation from Farmers’ Almanac for 50,000 pennies or $500.
Congratulations to all including the other organizations that entered our contest and put those “lost” and unused pennies to good use.