If you are like most people, there is probably a jar, drawer, center console or piece of furniture where your spare change hangs out and piles up. We often have good intentions of bringing it to the bank or to one of those little Coinstar machines at the grocery store, but if you are anything like me, that task generally ends up never getting done.
While it’s easy to view coins as having little value, the truth is that for many people on our planet, a few extra coins could make a world of difference in their quality of life. According to UNICEF’s most recent data, 22% of the world lives on less than $1.25 a day. In the developing world on any given day, just five quarters would double the amount an impoverished person has to survive on. A little bit of change can make a GREAT BIG difference in the lives of the poor and the vulnerable.
Over the past few months, I’ve had the exciting privilege of working with several churches who have decided to invite their communities to collect change to help the children of VisionTrust. During the months of July and August, Oak Ridge United Methodist Church in Oak Ridge, NC, collected over $2200 in change to support educational programming in Cruz Blanca, Guatemala! Now that’s a lot of quarters! The picture above is change that the children of Christ’s Church Guilderland in Guilderland, NY, have been collecting the past two months to help provide clean water to VisionTrust children and their families.
Interested in finding out more about how to organize a Change Drive to help transform the lives of children in need? Send a message to firstname.lastname@example.org to get started!