Raising Money for Veterans
It might just be change for some people, but for three-year-old Abraham Numberick, it's much more. He had 11 cents in his pocket and said he wanted to give it to sick soldiers.
"If a three-year-old could have that sense of patriotism and the value of sacrifice we knew, the lieutenant governor knew that our children would want to be able to show their support," says Pat Kurr, one of the people who helped organize a special fund-raising project.
From there, "The Power of 11 Cents" program encouraged kindergarteners through sixth graders to give 11 cents while kids from seventh to 12th grades give $1.11. Together they raised about $12,000. But, it's not just the money veterans care about.
"I think, a lot of times, veterans feel that maybe not everybody thinks about the sacrifices that have been made on their behalf," says veteran Don Purdue. "So, this is a good reminder that people still care."
Program coordinators say it isn't charity they want to give to veterans, but rather an appreciation for veterans' hard work. And it shows the kindness of even the youngest kids, like Abraham. You can still donate to the veterans' fund directly or on your Missouri income tax form. All donated money goes to veterans.