Coins donated at the Oregon Mennonite Festival for World Relief add up! Last year our Penny Power gifts totaled more than $15,000 for Mennonite Central Committee water projects. We hope to collect even more this year, under the program’s new name: My Coins Count.*
Go to the festival website (oregonfestivalforworldrelief.com) for a downloadable poster and information about MCC water projects. My Coins Count is a great way that kids can help make life better for other children worldwide. Some congregations collect coins all through the summer!
Here are three ways to make a splash with My Coins Count:
· Designate a denomination. One church started a “Don’t spend a dime” initiative, inviting members to notice and set aside dimes.
· Multiply your matches. Having one person in the congregation match a My Coins Count collection on a particular Sunday is great. But what happens if you get five people, or even 10, to match donations?
· Try a tax. Invite families to keep track of how often someone turns on the faucet and donate a certain amount for each use.■
*Wondering what happened to Penny Power? MCC renamed the U.S. and Canadian effort after Canada took the penny out of circulation.
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