Arlene Smith is ready to pump iron, or copper as the case may be, leading up to Christmas.
The Peninsula News Review is kicking off the Coins for Kids campaign. As office manager, Smith is often the first person donors see when dropping off change for the annual fundraiser.
“It’s fantastic and it’s not just at Christmas, but all year,” said Smith, who is among those who drop change in the bucket 52 weeks of the year.
The traffic flow increases significantly in November and December, and she looks forward to hearing the tales of how people come across their coinage. She greets the regulars, or wishes safe travels to those planning ahead and dropping their donation off before heading on holidays.
“I think it’s a good cause. Everybody has spare change and everybody deserves to get something for Christmas,” Smith said.
The money raised goes to the Kiwanis Club of Sidney and the Peninsula, which buys gifts for children who would otherwise go without.
News Review staff invite our readers to support this worthwhile fundraiser and help make Christmas a little brighter for Peninsula children. Coins can be dropped off at Suite 6, 9843 Second St. in Sidney.