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The 2014 Farmers Almanac
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Pennies for a Purpose - Help Us Help Them
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In this year's Farmers' Almanac, we issued a challenge to our readers to pool lost pennies and give them purpose.

We wanted you to collect pennies that were sitting in glass jars, sock drawers, piggy banks, cars, couches, etc., and find a worthy cause to donate them to. Then we promised to donate an additional 50,000 pennies ($500) to three of the nonprofit organizations you collected pennies for.

Below are our top picks out of the entries submitted. Now it's your chance to vote on which organizations and efforts should be awarded with another 50,000 pennies ($500).

From today through March 21, 2014, vote for the organization you feel is most deserving. You can vote once a day each day until the 21st.

On April 4th, we will announce the winners and send three checks for $500 to the winning causes.

Then we hope to enlist your help to motivate the government to eliminate the penny for good (check out our sample letter you can use).

Here are our top 7 picks. Vote one time per day for the next 11. Spread the word.

Pennies for the Liberty House, Inc.Read Details

Nonprofit:
Liberty House, Manchester, New Hampshire

Non-Profit Description:
The Liberty House is the only transitional housing for Homeless Veterans in the state of New Hampshire. They receive no support from the Veterans Administration, the State of New Hampshire, or city funding. They provide daily necessities, a substance-free environment, peer support, and a case management team to their residents.

How did you go about collecting pennies?
This project was coordinated through The Ladies Auxiliary to VFW Post 3041. Our Homeless Veterans project started with articles in our local newspaper. We distributed flyers and collection jugs to businesses, nonprofit organizations, friends and families. Information was shared by emails and word of mouth.

Number of Pennies You Collected and Donated: 169,401

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Pennies for Forgotten Felines of MaineRead Details

Nonprofit:
Forgotten Felines, Inc., Gouldsboro, Maine

Non-Profit Description:
Located in Gouldsboro, Maine, Forgotten Felines, Inc. is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit corporation dedicated to educating the public about free-roaming cats by providing literature and advice on caring for feral, stray, homeless, and abandoned cats, assisting in humanely reducing cat overpopulation through tagging, neutering, and releasing, providing access to spay/neuter services, and helping to place adoptable cats in loving homes.

How did you go about collecting pennies?
We had penny jugs at all our bake sales and other fundraising events. One of our volunteers made jugs and placed them in the offices at the hospital where she worked. Many volunteers collected at their jobs and one volunteer had kids collect pennies. We also advertised on Facebook. It took a village to collect all these pennies.

Number of Pennies You Collected and Donated: 51,452

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Pennies for We Will Go MinistriesRead Details

Nonprofit:
We Will Go Ministries, Terry, Mississippi

Non-Profit Description:
We Will Go Ministries is a non-profit organization serving the lost and the poor. They provide clothing, food and skills to help people get back on their feet. This organization offers ministry to children and adults who are lost and at times homeless. They train and mentor men and women to create works of art that they sell and learn to share and contribute proceeds.

How did you go about collecting pennies?
We involved the youth and divided the boys and the girls and made it a competition. The girls won. If the girls won, then one of our youth leaders, Ty Byrd, was to get a pie in the face and if the boys had won, Amy Lancaster would have had the pie in her face. We encouraged and led them on and took pictures of all along the way. We all had fun for the cause.

Number of Pennies You Collected and Donated: 20,156

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Pennies For ShrinersRead Details

Nonprofit:
Shriners Hospitals for Children, Tampa, Florida

Non-Profit Description:
Shriners Hospitals for Children has a mission to: Provide the highest quality care to children with special healthcare needs within a compassionate, family-centered and collaborative care environment.

How did you go about collecting pennies?
We are a small multi-level classroom (K-1-2) at the Airline Community School in Aurora, Maine. My students were very excited about participating in this contest, despite our small class size (11), and helping out children who where in need. I sent out a newsletter to the entire school, Pre-K through 8th grade, at the beginning of September. I was impressed at the number of pennies we were able to collect, as well as the efforts my students put into this penny drive! It would be very exciting for children (and the rest of school) to receive the prize of $500 to give the Shrine Hospital, as the children voted on this charity themselves.

Number of Pennies You Collected and Donated: 35,000

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Pennies for the Rescue Mission of RoanokeRead Details

Nonprofit:
The Rescue Mission of Roanoke, Virginia

Non-Profit Description:
The Rescue Mission is a grassroots organization serving as a Christian Crisis Intervention Center for Southwestern Virginia. They provide shelter, food, and medical care to the homeless. They have a women and children's Shelter, Men's Shelter. They also provide clothing and furniture assistance and do not receive any Federal, State or local funding.

How did you go about collecting pennies?
Turning Grief into action, Lee Rowland started collecting pennies "by the mile" – laid next to one another, it takes 84,480 pennies to make one mile – in memory of her husband Curtis. She created labels with his smiling face and her goal to reach "Curt's Mile of Pennies.” The project has since become a marathon, as she is now embarking on mile 22 - that's over a million pennies, 1,689,600 to be exact! Lee enlists everyone she meets to help fill the jars she provides and monitors.

Number of Pennies You Collected and Donated: 1,689,600

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Pennies for Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing, Inc.Read Details

Nonprofit:
Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing, Inc., LaPata, Maryland

Non-Profit Description:
Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing, Inc. is a 501 (c) 3 organization whose mission is to help disabled veterans heal through fly-fishing activities. The veterans are taught how to tie flies, use a fly rod, and are taken on fly-fishing excursions at no cost to them.

How did you go about collecting pennies?
The pennies collected were a joint effort of The Loyal Order of the Moose District #11. The members come from six Moose units. Each Moose Lodge had a collection jar in their lodge home. Members brought their pennies to the lodge. The leaders of each lodge counted and cashed in their pennies and submitted a check to the District. The district then issued a check payable to Project Healing Waters on March 2nd.

Number of Pennies You Collected and Donated: 50,000

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Pennies for DeKalb County Senior Nutrition CenterRead Details

Nonprofit:
DeKalb County Senior Nutrition Center, Maysville, Missouri

Non-Profit Description:
DeKalb County Senior Nutrition Center. In November 2013 the Center served 1,845 meals to seniors, 534 were congregate, the rest were home delivered to shut-ins. Without the meals provided most of these people would go hungry or have to go to a nursing home. Many of them cannot afford their medicine and food.

How did you go about collecting pennies?
We set gallon jars on the desk at the Senior Center with a sign asking everyone to pitch in their pennies. Friends, family members and clients pitched in their pennies. We are trying to move the Center to another location because right now we are located on the square and there is very little parking especially when court is in session. The new location has five acres and plenty of parking. Most of the seniors are not able to walk long distances.

Number of Pennies You Collected and Donated: 20,133

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If you notice a hole in the upper left-hand corner of your Farmers' Almanac, don't return it to the store! That hole isn't a defect; it's a part of history. Starting with the first edition of the Farmers' Almanac in 1818, readers used to nail holes into the corners to hang it up in their homes, barns, and outhouses (to provide both reading material and toilet paper). In 1910, the Almanac's publishers began pre-drilling holes in the corners to make it even easier for readers to keep all of that invaluable information (and paper) handy.