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Column: Making a penny worth more

By Sara Hooge, Worthington Christian School WORTHINGTON -- There is not much you can buy with a penny anymore. The penny was the first currency authorized by the United States. The original design was suggested by Benjamin Franklin. It was made e...

By Sara Hooge, Worthington Christian School

WORTHINGTON - There is not much you can buy with a penny anymore. The penny was the first currency authorized by the United States. The original design was suggested by Benjamin Franklin. It was made entirely of copper, and was five times heavier and 50 percent larger than our current U.S. penny. How can we use pennies to become more than just one cent?
Pennies can be used to help a toddler count, use in your penny loafers or to throw into a wishing well to make a wish. But when pennies are collected in large amounts they can be used to create hope, find a cure and treat an individual. They also can help teach our children how to serve others.
The Worthington Christian School service project for the month of January is Pennies for Patients. Each student received a small box to fill with pennies, or other loose change, to raise money for a young girl who is a Hodgkin’s Lymphoma survivor. Pennies for Patients’ goal is to find cures for blood cancer patients. They also help patients find access to treatments and providers to increase quality of care and life.
What a great reminder for these kids, teachers and parents that God has blessed them with the gift of health. When we are blessed, it is important to use our resources to help others. Students get to help a specific person and see that even though they are young, if they work together, they can help someone in amazing ways. Students have been looking for coins by looking in their cars, begging parents for coins and emptying their piggy banks to help someone in need. It is fun to see them get excited to serve others!
Next time you see a penny, let it be a reminder of how God loves you and how you can show His love by serving others.

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