, Newburyport, MA


February 11, 2013

Pennies change lives

To the editor:

The Salvation Army, and the people we serve are so grateful to Pennies for Poverty for their continued work in raising poverty awareness in our community and for also working hard to raise funds to support our work in the community.

Recently, Michael Sandberg came to my office — representing Pennies for Poverty — and presented me with 50,000 of them (pennies, that is). Their check for $500 was donated to us to help support our food pantry. Through our food pantry, we not only provide nutritious food to locals in need, but we also keep other basic necessities on hand like laundry soap, toilet tissue and toothpaste. Many of these items have to be purchased by us since there are often few donations of that type. This recent donation by Pennies for Poverty helps fill the void. This isn’t the first time they have helped us either. Over the holidays, Pennies for Poverty organized a food drive at our local Shaw’s Supermarket. The items they collected, including some gift cards to Shaw’s, were donated to a number of area pantries including ours.

I can’t speak for their members, but it’s clear to me that they are a great bunch. We are so glad that by their contributions and through their work, they have partnered with us in our mission to restore hope to our most vulnerable neighbors. A phrase I like to use when The Salvation Army does our bell ringing campaign is “Changing lives with pocket change.” Pennies for Poverty epitomizes that sentiment.

Lt. Jeffrey Brunelle

Commanding officer

The Salvation Army, Newburyport

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