As part of the new budget the government just announced, the Canadian penny will no longer be produced and will soon disappear from circulation. Before that happens, I would like to offer the penny one last heroic act of awesomeness.
The CBC reported that nobody knows how many pennies are out there, but in 2011 alone, there were 1,100,000,000 pennies produced. That is $1.1 billion dollars in pennies!!
Do you have any idea how much good can be done with that many pennies?
50,000,000 pennies will build 2 homes for foster families in Attawapiskat.
100,000,000 pennies will supply 10 remote communities with playgrounds.
That sounds like a lot of pennies, but think of it this way: all of the pennies are going back to be melted down and taken out of circulation. Way more than 150,000,000. More like billions of pennies that you and I will never see again. The last penny you spend on gum or whatever you spend pennies on, will be the last time that penny will ever be used. That’s sad.
Every time you and I find a penny in our pockets, on the ground or as change back from the store, we give that penny one last chance to be a hero. If enough of us commit to this Great Canadian Penny Drive, I believe that we can make a HUGE difference for First Nations kids this year; 2012 the penny’s last year.
10 playgrounds in 2012? Yes!
2 new homes in Attwapiskat? Yes!
Together, we can do this! Together, we can make a difference! Help me help the penny go out a hero.
Bring your pennies in to any TD Canada Trust
TD Canada Trust for Northern Starfish Acct: 151 5213225