National Lost Penny Day
Pennies can be a real nuisance if you stop and think about it. They are small and almost worthless. Despite being kept in your purse or wallet, pennies can block your washer’s filter, slip down your favorite armchair cushions, or get sucked up by the vacuum cleaner.
On a special day every year, we can gather those lost coins and do something with them other than just donating them to charity. National Lost Penny Day is a great day to remember that even though pennies might not seem worth much, each penny can be used to help others in need.
Benjamin Franklin designed the first penny and it was minted in 1787. However, the penny we know today was first issued in 1909, with the portrait of Abraham Lincoln on the front. It was released on the 100th anniversary of Lincoln’s birth. Adrienne Sioux, the founder of National Lost Penny Day wrote a log about her idea. She explained that she wanted to show that “Petty Change can make an astonishing difference”. This is a positive message, one which Honest Abe would be proud to support. Lincoln’s famous quote was “I walk slowly but I never walk backward.”
National Lost Penny Day is a great time to search your home — your sofa, old coat pockets, and any other places you can think of — to find pennies or loose change. You could make the search a game with your children to see who finds the most coins scattered around the house. After you have turned your home upside down, it’s time to count all the coins you and your kids have found and determine who wins.
However, the fun isn’t over. Next, you need to decide what you will do with the money. This could be an opportunity to teach your children important lessons about life. The winner could be aided in finding a charity to use the money. You can then write a check to the charity for the amount found. Even if the check is small, ensure your children know how many soups they could buy for homeless people or how many pet food or dog food you could purchase for animals at an animal shelter.
Alternately you can take your children downtown to get a cup and sandwich for the homeless person or woman who sits on the exact same bench every day. Whatever you decide to spend your money, ensure that your children understand the importance of small gestures to help those in need. This is a lesson they’ll never forget.