We often see the generous, giving nature of our community when we report on events such as the Christian Ministry Christmas Fund and the Rotary Clubâ€™s annual auction to fund college scholarships. We keep seeing more examples.
Lincoln Middle School recently spent a week waging â€œpenny warsâ€ to see who could come up with the most lost change in a benefit for the American Cancer Society.
For ten minutes each day during one week, students put pennies into their own teamâ€™s buckets to gain points and silver coins, dollars and checks into opposing teamâ€™s buckets to sabotage them. After a week of competition in this war of the pennies, the school raised $9,351. The campaign is expected to turn over more than $10,000 by the end of the school year â€” a phenomenal amount of money for a school project. The wars began back in 1988 after Ann Upton, an exceptional childrenâ€™s teacher, lost her assistant, Elizabeth Proctor, to cancer. She decided to start the fund-raiser in Proctorâ€™s memory.
Another act of charity comes from our local Habitat for Humanity, the organization that mobilizes volunteers to build homes for those in need. The governing board decided last week to donate $10,000 to the tsunami relief fund. What is so inspiring about this contribution (and the penny wars) is the size. How easy it would have been to just to send a $500 check and pat each other on the back?
Habitat is able to donate money through the collection of funds generated by the Habitat for Humanity Home Store. Generally, that money stays local, but the board decided to make an exception. That decision reflects an understanding of the basic mission of Habitat, to help those who canâ€™t afford a home. The response is certainly needed by the huge numbers of people who lost their homes in the tsunami disaster.