A Christmas coin drive for a good cause is getting going.
The Nanaimo News Bulletin’s Coins for Kids campaign is underway just in time for Giving Tuesday today, Nov. 27.
Thanks to the efforts of our longtime volunteers and businesses and other community members, we’re able to collect enough coins every year to help support the Boys and Girls Club of Central Vancouver Island and the Great Nanaimo Toy Drive in their Christmas charity campaigns.
Coins for Kids used to be called Pennies for Presents and then, after pennies were phased out, we turned our collection efforts to nickels, dimes, quarters, loonies, toonies, or any denomination people are willing to give.
The campaign has gone on annually for 21 years, started by (Friendly) Frank Leigh and now led by two other friendly folks.
“Coins for Kids is made possible by dedicated volunteers like Ian Thorpe and Pete MacDonald who have done a tremendous job each year, along with the generous businesses that have supported this fundraiser over the years,” said Sean McCue, publisher of the News Bulletin. “We’re thankful to everyone for their continued support.”
To support Coins for Kids on Giving Tuesday, please visit www.nanaimofoundation.com/nanaimo-news-bulletin-givingtuesday-fund.
For more on Giving Tuesday and other causes around Nanaimo to support, pick up Tuesday’s issue of the News Bulletin or visit www.nanaimobulletin.com/e-editions/
Coins for Kids jars can be found at the Nanaimo News Bulletin office at 777 Poplar St., at Quality Foods locations, and elsewhere; look for a list of addresses of our Coins for Kids partners in an upcoming campaign launch article.