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I Can't Meet This Challenge Right Now

Thursday, December 05, 2013

For the past 4 Days I have been following SHARON10002's "December To Remember Challenge" Blogs. Each Day she posts a Challenge and if you Choose to, you can do the Challenge and then tell her about it in the Comments. It is a Lot Of Fun, and I am enjoying it. If you haven't seen her Blogs, you should check them out.

However, I am going to have to at least delay meeting Today's Challenge because of a Prior Commitment. The Challenge is to collect all of your Loose Change in a Jar, and -- Until Further Notice -- pay for whatever you buy with only Paper Money. Add your Change to the Jar.
After I thought about it, I decided to keep my Prior Commitment and tell you about it.
A few years ago on a Saturday Morning in December I pulled in to the Local McDonalds Restaurant and discovered that almost EVERY Vehicle there was a Police Car! Not just City Cops, either. There were Sheriff's, Highway Patrol, K-9 Units, Detectives, and several different Departments represented. Even more shocking was that as they pulled in and parked, there Children getting out of the Cars! Boys and Girls who were apparently VERY Happy to be there; sometimes Groups of two, three or four Children getting out of One Patrol Car. Some of them held hands with the Officers as they went in to the restaurant!
emoticon What The Heck?! It didn't take me long to find out what was going on.

Shop With A Cop is a program that pairs a Child from an "At Risk" Family with a Police Officer who takes them Christmas Shopping after Breakfast at McDonalds. It depends entirely on Donations from the public, and they put out Jars at Local Businesses in November to begin collecting Money for the Shopping Trip.

I can't really describe the feeling that overwhelmed me sitting there in the Car that Morning. I don't know who looked Happier -- The Officers or the Children. I vowed that day that every year, I would save My Loose Change and donate as much as possible to that Program.

Fortunately, one of the Collection Sites is the 7-11 where Gary and I walk to every evening. It is absolutely EASY to drop the Day's Change in to that Container as we pick up our Coffee and Snacks!

I'm not sure what day the Fund Raiser will be over, but the Day it is, I will begin SHARON10002's Challenge if it is not Too Late.

I know Sharon will understand that as much as I am enjoying her Blogs and Challenges, I will have to at least Delay participating in this one.

It may not be a "Pot Of Gold" but your Change DOES Add Up Quickly, and it can make a Huge Difference in Someone's Life. Think about it the next time you pay for your small purchase at the Convenience Store, or when you are doing your Shopping at the local Grocery Store.
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GORIANA 12/11/2013 2:43PM

    emoticon I wonder if they have that in my community. Now, I'm going to check and maybe I'll do a modified version of your challenge, because I usually save my change and never know what to do with it...

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CSKIES1 12/10/2013 8:11AM

    emoticon that is truly wonderful~ emoticon

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LEANJEAN6 12/9/2013 5:45PM

    great challenges---awesome!!!--I loved the pictures!--Lynda emoticon

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BARBANNA 12/9/2013 4:15PM

    TOOOOO AWESOME! I am so happy someone is thinking about all the children who have very little for Christmas! Thanks for being such an amazing person. It truly makes your Christmas when you have an opportunity to do something like this . There are a lof more children in need these days because of the economy.

Thanks for your comments on Jeff Dunham and sharing this remarkable story! emoticon emoticon

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2HAMSDIET 12/6/2013 5:34PM

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NASFKAB 12/6/2013 12:55PM

  way to go

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BETHLOVESBIKING 12/6/2013 10:30AM

    Great! What a wonderful cause! And great pictures! emoticon

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NHES220 12/6/2013 10:09AM

    emoticon What a wonderful cause, I have not heard of that one. Good for you!


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TANYA602 12/6/2013 8:51AM

    What an amazing blog and cause! I love the pics, too!

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STAY39 12/6/2013 6:07AM

    Wow what a wonderful cause! I think you are doing a great job with this challenge! emoticon emoticon

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JMARIES51 12/5/2013 11:32PM

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MOMINE 12/5/2013 11:26PM

    emoticon emoticon
You and emoticon Sharon are each singing the same song, just different verses! I am PROUD of you both!!

I loved this blog!! I am jealous though, I don't believe I have heard of anything like it here in the 'Handle. emoticon for sharing the story, and for participating. You are emoticon

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SHARON10002 12/5/2013 11:08PM

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I'm so glad you are enjoying A December to Remember Challenges. This is such a worthy cause! I wish they sponsored something like this in my neck of the woods. You are meeting the challenge in spades, my friend! No apologies necessary here! Love the pictures, too!
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CATLADY52 12/5/2013 11:02PM

    That is a perfectly good reason for not participating in a challenge. I don't think she will be upset at all. emoticon

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ESCHLETZ 12/5/2013 10:28PM

    I don't think you're missing out on the challenge at all? Does it stipulate anywhere that you have to collect that loose change in your own home? From the sounds of things it's going into a much larger, greater jar than anyone at their own house could find. emoticon

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ONEKIDSMOM 12/5/2013 8:24PM

    What a great cause! We have an annual drive here for the local women's shelter called "Safe Quarters"... I save my quarters, put them in rolls, and actually make my donation to it in quarters.

Little things. They add up! Good for you! emoticon

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ROBBIEY 12/5/2013 8:19PM

  emoticon I think the idea of giving spare change for this cause is great.
I will have to start something like this in my area. emoticon

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TURTLELADY56 12/5/2013 8:02PM

  i work in a convient store i love doin g seed planting ty


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PHOENIX1949 12/5/2013 7:59PM

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PATTISPAGE 12/5/2013 7:56PM

    That is amazing. I got goosebumps reading this!!! Way to go!


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DELIA38961 12/5/2013 7:51PM

    great idea emoticon

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THINFITKINDVGAN 12/5/2013 7:50PM

    I love this idea. Also I truly enjoy law enforcement teaming up with children.

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_LINDA 12/5/2013 7:35PM

    This is such a wonderful idea! They have nothing like that program here.. I would have been able to contribute though. As I always pay cash for things, I get lots of change. But it would appear most people these days use Plastic, even for small purchases! Now that Canada has dropped the penny and merchants round everything usually up, paying with a card makes more sense so you don't keep losing out on the difference. I wish they would do away with those odd prices. So much neater to price something 3 dollars instead of 2.98!!
You do not mention why you must delay this challenge as it seems so convenient for you to participate..

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CAT-IN-CJ 12/5/2013 7:19PM

    Absolutely AWESOME! You rock!

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