Speaking of coins jamming machines, a reader came across a non-numismatic newspaper article about world coins being donated to raise funds for the United Nations Children's Fund. -EditorCharles Israel has turned those pesky foreign coins into more than $20,000 for UNICEF.s Change for Good program.
When Israel was a president of Pitkin County Bank, more than 20 years ago, he became frustrated by all of the foreign coins that were coming back from people.s vacations and jamming up the bank.s machines.
.We had a coin machine that foreign coins were jamming and at the same time, various machines in town like parking meters were being jammed by foreign coins,. said Israel. .With our coin machines we would have trouble counting people.s coins. We pulled them out and put them aside..
.I started using those coins to create funding for a scholarship for children.s education that still goes on at the high school today,. Israel said.
It wasn.t until a personal trip to Europe that Israel first heard about Change for Good program sponsored by the United Nations Children's Fund, better known as UNICEF.
After calling to find out more about the program Israel began collecting and sending all of the foreign coins from the bank to the Change for Good fund.
To read the complete article, see: Man turns unwanted coins into helpful cash (http://www.aspentimes.com/article/20080803/NEWS/
Wayne Homren, Editor
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