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Last month Your Examiner showed you how little tiny bits of money can help those in need – and not just at the holidays.

When $1.92 can buy someone a full Thanksgiving dinner with all the trimmings, the two dollars you can spare loom large.

Happily, the City Rescue Mission can do the same for Christmas.

Money so well spent in a down economy is very heartening because any of us could need of the same kind of help without much notice.

Give when you can – coupons, little bits of cash, your time – so that resources and help are available when people need them.

Pennies in a jar

The City Rescue Mission has another project this Christmas season that’s easy to help with, too.

Their drive to collect 1,000,000 (one million) pennies by Dec. 24 is drawing to close.

Participating is simple – design a collection jar for your office, business, church, etc.

Then fill it with pennies, and take it the Mission by Christmas Eve.

A million pennies sounds like a lot of money, but when you do the math, all those pennies add to only $10,000.

In the larger scheme of things, $10K is not much money, especially when you consider the scope of the services provided by the City Rescue Mission.

For more information about CRM’s Penny Project visit their website.

Angels for Allison

Recently in the news you may have seen of heard about the Angels for Allison Artists Series Auction.

Held near the end of November each, the auctions raises money for the Foundatin by taking bids on hand-painted angel ornaments designed and executed by local artists.

Eclectic, elegant and downright quirky , the angels are on offer for a $30 minium bid.

The money funds gifts by the Angels for Allison: The Allison Brundick Haramis Foundation, a non-profit based in Jacksonville that helps families who have lost children with final expenses – burials, memorial services, etc.

The metaphor of the – guardian and avatar of the soul – is apt at the holidays, bu you don’t have to wait for Christmas to get one.

In addition to their studio (address below), the Foundation runs an online storefront and takes donations all year round.

Named for local teen Allison Haramis, who died in a car accident in 2009, Angels for Allison was established in December 2010 by friends and family who wanted to create a living tribute.

This year, Angels for Allison has raised nearly $14,000 and has helped over 50 northeast Florida families in need.

Angels for Allison Foundation


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OFFICIAL BIO: K Truitt is a second-generation, native Floridian born in Jacksonville. Truitt worked in public higher education for 25 years and knows newspaper publishing, printing and graphic design. Contact:



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