The Peninsula News Review’s Coins for Kids campaign is off to a good start.
The News Review is collecting pennies and other coins (not to mention donations of any kind) for its annual effort to help families in need and their children have a better holiday season. This year, we are donating all of the money raised in our effort, to Rob McMillan’s Secret Santa: Toys for Tots campaign. McMillan’s effort this year will work with the Sidney Lions Club Food Bank to distribute presents to children in need.
McMillan started his effort last year and this year, has expended its reach after the local Kiwanis Club — who ran a toy collection of its own — disbanded. Service groups like Rotarians and the Lions Club are all in on the effort.
To that end, Sidney resident Roy Barrow dropped by the News Review office recently, carrying with him four tall tins of pennies. He saw the Coins for Kids story in the paper and said now that he had the tins filled, it was time to bring them in.
“I would drop any extra change that I had into the tins when I got home,” he said. “I had thought about donating last year, but I missed it.”
That wasn’t going to happen this time, Barrow said.
“I wanted to give pennies to the drive for a while. I like the effort being made by the newspaper, Kiwanis and the other groups.”
His donation has been added to a growing collection of coins at the News Review. They will be exchanged at a local financial institution.
Watch the News Review for campaign updates. Drop off your pennies, coins and donations at the newspaper office: 6-9843 Second St. in Sidney.