Have you ever walked by that penny lying next to your car as you open the door or on the curb you just stepped up on? Well I used to do it a lot. Until one day something prompted me to pick that dirty, battered and oh so soiled penny up. I wiped it off and placed it in my car console.
A few days later, I ran across another penny. It was as if they were popping up everywhere. And I decided every time I saw one I would pick it up. A friend entered my car and saw all of pennies and asked what I was doing. I told her the whole story. Her response was that picking up a penny with Lincoln facing you was good luck. I hadn’t heard that before.
Periodically, I would bring the pennies I collected into the house, wash them off and place them into a jar. By now, I decided that a penny was real currency just like dollar bills, quarters and nickels. I was beginning to respect the penny. At the end of the year, I took my jar of pennies to the grocery store with one of those magic machines that counted all of my pennies. To my surprise, I had a lot of money.
Since the pennies came to me freely, I felt I should do something positive with the money…and I did! I donated it to a nonprofit that was very appreciative. This experience has made me become a “penny hunter”. I truly believe that every penny counts!
Kate Lewis is the Chief Advancement Officer for Seabury Resources for Aging. She can be reached at (202) 414-6312 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org