Maggie Valley Methodists help winter heating campaign

By Vicki Hyatt | Nov 10, 2013
Photo by: Vicki Hyatt At left, Debbie Sanders, Linda Liverett, Juanne Herrold, Cliff Peebles and Mark Liverett are shown with the coins. Above, Rev. Richard Buff and Jeff Mackey deliver coins to the central gathering site at the Waynesville Municipal Building.

Members of the Maggie Valley United Methodist Church collected about six gallons of coins that will help stave off the chill of winter for county residents who can’t afford heat.

The church members rallied to help the Million Coin Campain: Cash Conquers Cold.

A coin box in the Waynesville Police Department lobby was built to hold 3 tons, which is how much 1 million coins would weigh.

“I’d say we increased the depth by at least an inch,” said Jeff Mackey, who is an officer with the Maggie Valley Police Department. He was “volunteered” to transport the heavy load, which was wheeled in on a dolly because it was so heavy, by is wife, who is the choir director at the church.

The Rev. Richard Buff said projects such as this are something his church members embrace routinely.

“I can’t help but have a smile on my face,” he told the congregation on a recent Sunday when member after member brought forward a small container they had filled with coins — some that had brought filled containers in several times before. “It happens again and again. We ask and you give.”

Campaign organizers plan to wrap up the effort at the end of November so proceeds can be put to good use this winter, which is expected to be long and cold.

Proceeds from the campaign will be split between Haywood Christian Ministry, Mountain Projects and the Haywood Chrisitan Emergency Homeless Shelter. Any other churches, organizations or groups interested in participating can get logos by emailing requests to

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