Coin campaign gets a boost
The Million Coin Campaign: Cash Conquers Cold got a much-needed boost last weekend when the Waynesville Fire Department personnel volunteered their time to conduct a "boot campaign."
This sort of campaign, one where firemen or law enforcement officers stand at busy intersections or parking lots with a boot in hand to collect funds for a worthy cause, is a time-honored tradition.
No doubt the sight of firefighters helping out a worthy cause prompted the generous citizens in our community to once again open their hearts and wallets. In all, the firefighters raise nearly $4,000 to help the elderly, the disabled and families with young children stay warm this winter.
The campaign if part of a larger community effort — one that strives to gather 1 million coins in a single container to help all in the community help visualize what 1 million looks like. It is a lot. Just drop by the Waynesville Police station with some loose change you have of a jar, piggy bank or just in your purse to get a clearer picture.
Last winter in Haywood was a mild one in many ways, but predictions are that we won't dodge the bullet so successfully in the winter of 2012-13. Colder than usual temperatures are expected as early as November. There will be some funds available early on through Mountain Projects and Haywood Christian Ministry to help those who qualify meet their heating needs and to help the Haywood Homeless Shelter, which provides those without a home a warm place to stay on frosty winter nights.
But as the projected hard winter grinds on, the funds made available through the coin campaign will be needed to purchase blankets to and buy energy efficient infrared heaters, a step judged to be an effective way to heat a single room where family members can stay during extreme cold temperatures to keep all warm. Unlike filling up a propane or oil tank, the infrared heater can be used through several winters, and if used judiciously, shouldn't raise electric bills too much.
The entire community will need to pull together for the million coin mark to be reached before the year's end.
A way to truly make a difference this winter is for every individual who gathers with others in any sort of group, whether it is a Bible study, a scouting organization, a civic club, a coffee klatch or even with coworkers over morning coffee, to gather up loose change within the group and keep it in a container to be dropped in the million coin box.
Businesses that want a Million Coin Campaign logo to attach to a container and place on their counter can send an email requesting one to firstname.lastname@example.org. This is a chance to take a small step to make a big difference.