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Ten Times The Shine
Matthew, Jack, and I were excited to return to Grapevine Rotary a week ago, so that we could announce our latest success; collecting more dimes in less time.
A few years ago, while attending a Rotary meeting, one of the members casually suggested that if members would just collect dimes for one year, we could go a long way in providing computers to students whose families couldn't otherwise afford them.
It was the kind of comment that most of us ignore, not because we don't care, but because amidst all the other requests being made of us, it's an easy one to dismiss.
After all, a dime is only worth ten cents and how much could it possibly amount to?
$187.60 the first time,
plus the additional money raised when seven Rotary members who were impressed by our story stood up and matched our savings.
And then of course there is the uncalculated value of enthusiasm.
No one anticipated that Matthew, Jack, and I would catch the attention of people around us and inspire them to also collect dimes.
But we did and thanks to friends like Cheryl and Tiffany, grandparents, babysitters, and unsuspecting visitors to our home, we were able to fill a bigger mason jar in even less time.
$227.60 is what we presented this year and, again, some very generous Rotary members stood up and matched our donation.
So the question really isn't how much money can one jar of dimes amount to.
The better question is what kind of impact can a small group of committed people have when they decide to slowly and consistently tackle something. Anything. Even if it's only collect dimes?
I hope you sense the energy that my boys and I have to fill an even bigger jar this year and in even less time.
And maybe, just maybe it will compel you to dig through your change purse and dump all your dimes into a bowl. We won't make our annual visit until sometime next spring and I'd love to include your name on our list of Dime Donors.