You’ve got loose change lying around right now. You know you do. It’s in your cars ash tray, under the sofa, in the tupperware container you use as a change bank, and there’s probably some more in the pocket of that jacket you don’t wear anymore. However, all that spare change really adds up.
The Discovery Educator Network is proud to be participating in a program called "Making Change for Katrina", a national fundraising effort to raise money for the tens of thousands of Katrina victims that still don’t have homes.
Via SocialFunds.com "According to Coinstar Inc., idle change — unused nickels, quarters, dimes and
pennies — in United States homes adds up to more than $10.5 billion – enough to
help build thousands of homes for victims of Katrina."
The money raised is going to benefit Habitat for Humanity. I can personally vouch for how incredible an organization Habitat is. My mother in law was the recipient of a Habitat house and it has literally changed her and her children’s lives.
This is probably the easist charitable campaign you could every participate in. You don’t need to fill out any forms or write any checks. All you need to do is grab a few handfuls of change and swing by any of the 12,000 Coinstar machines that are located in stores throughout the country. Put your change in, and get your tax deductible reciept out. Simple as that.
The last few times I went to the grocery store, I took the change I had in my pockets and just made a quick donation out of it. Every little bit helps and you can donate as many times as you like. So do your part to make a difference. Gather up those nickels, dimes and quarters and help us turn them into homes!