The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Adding up pennies and more

Youth give their offerings to help others

For many youth groups, small acts of generosity—even single pennies—add up to a lot of help for others.

Brian Boda (right), a member of Lutheran Church of the Resurrection, Marietta, Ga., presents John Didicher a check made out to Lutheranch. The money was given to the camp in honor of Didicher’s 100th birthday.
Last summer at Flathead Lutheran Bible Camp, Kalispell, Mont., elementary-aged children donated pennies to the “Pennies for Peace” program, which builds schools for children in Pakistan and Afghanistan. This program comes out of the Central Asia Institute, which was co-founded by Greg Mortenson, a member of Christ the King Lutheran Church, Bozeman, Mont.

Children brought pennies with them to camp. Others donated pennies from their snack money. It all added up to water cooler jugs that were filled to the brim. The total raised was $2,384.13.

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