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An Update – Penny Style

So… It’s been a while since I gave a “Pennies for Debra” update.

Turns out, having a birthday is very helpful.  I had family, a roomie, and a co-worker all contribute pennies in honor of my birthday.  I fact, over 1,200 came a direct result of my birthday.

The new count is pretty high…


That’s right, “Pennies for Debra” has crossed the 5,000 mark! (that’s $50 for anyone not wanting to do the math).

Thanks for all the Contributions!  Helping one penny at a time to find new purpose and a new home.


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Scrooge McDuck?

Pennies for Debra has been growing! The new count is 2826.

One tool that I use to spread the news about Pennies for Debra is Twitter.

This week, I tweeted that I was only one penny away from a new roll. Within 2 minutes a coworker walked over and gave me one penny, plus 19 more.

After this, he put together a hilarious photo that I hope you all can appreciate. image

Thanks @charleswilliams.

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Blogging up a storm!

We are under a tornado watch right now…
Anyway, I wanted to give a penny update.  As of today – 1866 Pennies have found a loving home at “Pennies for Debra.”
Also for our daily trivia game at work, I started out quite dismally with an 0-4 record. Finally on the fifth day I got one right.  Before this week began, I was still at a sorry 2-5 record.
I am happy to announce that I had an amazing 5 for 5 record this week!  The best of all participants. So my running record is now 7-5.  I have to be honest, I was a little nervous and feeling the pressure heading into today’s question.  One other individual was also 4 for 4 before today’s question, but he did not get it right today.  We play in two week segments (after two weeks, the scores are wiped back to zero), so next week, I will be trying to stay ahead and add to my one point lead heading into next Friday.

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Update from "Penny"

Three new things on the Penny front.

First, the current count is 1626. 

Second, today in a penny contribution, I was given a nickel.  I tried to return it but the contributer didn’t want it.  When I saw it was from 1940, I insisted they take it back. They said “no! why do I want a dirty old penny.  I would just want to throw it away”.  So in addition to 129 additional pennies from this contributor (one of which was a 1955 “wheat-head”), I received a very old penny.
Third, we are playing a daily, afternoon Trivia game at work.  It just started this week and before one could participate, they needed to have a nick name.  While my family had nick names for me growing up (Miss Chif) and some people occasionally call me Deb, neither would work for this.  Therefore, my co-workers had to come up with one for me.  And so, in the game, I am Penny.


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borrowing the internet

Ok, there are only 9 minutes left of today, and yes I am “borrowing” the internet….
BUT I had to blog about today. Today is:

Happy to be Alive Day!
(the anniversary of my open heart surgery).

It’s kind of rad that this is the day right before Easter, the truest “Happy to Be Alive Day” there ever could be.

That’s it. Got to go to bed….Got get up early for an 8 am service.

(hope there are not severe storms tomorrow!)

Oh, I forgot, A penny up date: 1392!


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Huge Contribution

After several more small contributions – I had a large one. The new penny count is now 1312!

An ever Bigger contribution: I wanted to give a shout out to the anonymous person who contributed 5000 “virtual pennies.” The Lord Provides through the work of his people. thank you!

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Settlers and Pennies?

I might get to play Settlers of catan later this week… Whoo Hoo.

Also, Pennies for Debra is now at 833. Please consider Contributing all Pennies you find while doing spring cleaning.

Finally…. 6 days until opening day!


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Crazy Cool!

So Michael W. Smith has a concert at my church tonight. I heard about it a few weeks ago, but with ticket prices, could not go. (it’s a charity concert).

Found out this morning that someone at work purchased several tickets in order to donate to the charity, but was giving them away free to anyone who wanted them. SO, my self and 3 friends from church are going! Very excited about this!

ALSO – yesterday we were talking about Chipolte. I haven’t had a chipolte burrito in a very long time and the conversation made me crave one. I got home from work and there in my mail box, the only piece of mail, was an ad for Chipole that contained a Free Burrito! No strings attached. Nothing else to buy. One free Burrito – I’m going to go eat it for lunch.

Oh, yeah, and “Pennies for Debra” is now up to 640.


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Penny Update

So, the count is now up to 617! And 600 have already been rolled.

Not much else happening besides that.

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Update on Homeless Pennies

The following is a copy of a blog post on our inter-office communication application. So far there has been a very positive response, including two additional contributions:

A fellow coworker (who shall remain nameless) told me that she throws pennies away! I was SHOCKED! Throw them away? Didn’t her mother ever tell her that money does not grow on trees? (Well, technically, paper money does…but pennies do not.)

Upon hearing this, I asked if she would give them to me instead of throwing them out. She said sure, and handed me three.

This got me thinking…how many homeless and unloved pennies are out there? What would it be like if I started collecting pennies that no one else wants? So I set out a sign with the three pennies. “Pennies for Debra* – Now accepting contributions.” By the end of the day, the three grew to 138.

Do you have abandoned and neglected pennies? Do they sit lonely in a dark drawer? The plight of the penny is tugging on your heart! 138 pennies found a new meaning to their existence. Which penny will be next?

Please consider contributing to Pennies for Debra. Your unwanted pennies need to have a sense of purpose again. Won’t you consider giving new life to a penny today? Drop off any unwanted pennies at Debra’s desk, no questions asked.

*”Pennies for Debra” will be consolidated, taken to the bank, and applied toward college loans or other debts to be determined at the time of turn in date by a very wise and judicious Debra.


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