Two years ago, I wrote about a book by Jason Wright called Christmas Jars. The story - keeping a jar full of money that you donate to someone in need - inspired me to collect all of the loose change I find in the house throughout the year, and then to donate that change to a worthy cause. Here's a shot of all the change that has been collecting in a desk drawer since January:
In 2007, the amount donated was $108.This year, Coinstar says that I collected a respectable $62.31.
This year, I'll double the amount to $125. In the past, we used Coinstar's automatic donation feature to donate the money right there at the coin machine. However, there's a fee associated with doing that, so this year we will be doing our donations old-school!
Brandon and I will head to a store to pick up a bunch of toys, and then make a donation to Toys for Tots.
If you are looking at donating to Toys for Tots in the Austin area, here's some info on the local operations.