Today, the government said they’re going to get rid of pennies. Soon, stores won’t charge you $1.62, they’ll charge you $1.60 or $1.65 so there won’t be anywhere to use your pennies. What are you going to do with all your pennies?
Don’t feed them to your garbage can.
Donate them to the Penny Project and I’ll use them to feed people who are hungry.
How to donate your pennies
If you would like to donate your pennies to the Penny Project, contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or drop them off during work hours at Wilson Heights United Church. My mom says tax receipts are available for donations over $10 but you have to let us know so we count your pennies separately.
On Sunday, November 27, Shiral Tobin from The Early Edition on CBC Radio came to my house to interview me about the Penny Project. She has a show called Pinched about money.
Shiral Tobin from The Early Edition CBC Radio and me.
She asked me what the Penny Project does, how we roll all the pennies. I told her that a yogurt container full of pennies is $10:
A 650g yogurt container holds $10 in pennies.
The interview aired on the radio on Tuesday morning. I listened to it with my dad. I asked him if I really sound like that
After the interview, I got tweets from lots of people: my dad @polarisdotca, @SJonesRyan, @AnthonyFloyd, @CBCEarlyEdition and @selinjessa. Ric Matthews (@RicMatthews) from First United Church tweeted
@penniesaddup Hannah on CBC – proud and privileged to be a fan of this amazingly inspirational young person
Carrie Gelson (@CarrieGelson) from Seymour Elementary just tweeted
Go Hannah! @penniesaddup This girl inspires me! Listen here for more about her story #vanpoli #bced #vsb39
Some people heard the story and want to donate pennies!
It was fun.
I heard about how Carrie Gelson from Seymour Elementary wrote a letter saying she needed help. There were kids in her class who needed snacks or breakfast. My Dad got her email address from Janet Steffenhagen (@jsteffenhagen on Twitter) so we emailed Ms. Gelson.
We told her about the Penny Project and I wanted to help. She got a lot of emails but she told me mine made her cry. She said I should talk to Scott Vandeloo at Macdonald Elementary.
Macdonald Elementary (Credit: Dan Toulgoet, Vancouver Courier)
I emailed him and he emailed me back about what would be good to buy. Then I bought lots of stuff: packages of apple sauce, cheese and cracker packages, granola bars and juice. I spent about $50.
My mom and I went to Macdonald. Scott met us outside and we dropped the food off at his office. He gave us a tour of the school.
When he runs out, I’m going to buy him $50 worth of food.
I’m glad to help everyone.
This month, I’m having the 5th birthday party of The Penny Project. I’m going to have cake, juice, bottled water and chocolates. I’m going to have it at First United Church and there will be lots of people.
The students at VCC who made the Vancouver 125 birthday cakes are making 6 giant slab cakes for my party!
Mr. Kassam, a Supervisor at PriceSmart Foods on Grandview, donated 2 cases of pop, a case of juice boxes and a bunch of chocolate mini-eggs. Thanks!
I’m going to have big birthday for the Penny Project in May because for 5 years, I’ve been collecting pennies and buying food for Wilson Heights United Church and First United Church on Vancouver’s downtown eastside. I’m making this new webpage as part of my 5th year of the Penny Project.