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Downtown Giving Meters Bring in $1,000 for Local Charities

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – A downtown project designed to reduce downtown panhandling and bring in spare change for charities has brought in just over $1,000 since its inception.

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – A downtown project designed to reduce downtown panhandling and bring in spare change for charities has brought in just over $1,000 since its inception.

According to Community Foundation of the Ozarks, the downtown giving meters brought the $1,000 in spare change collected since their installation in summer 2013.

Grants in the amount of $250 will be given to four Springfield-area agencies serving the homeless population.

Checks will be presented from Community Foundation of the Ozarks to Rare Breed, The Kitchen, The Salvation Army, and Victory Mission.

According to a release, project directors wanted to wait until there was enough money collected in total to make a significant gift to each of the organizations.

“We’re thrilled to be able to get a check to these deserving organizations at Christmas time,” said Laura Head, CID Vice Chair in the release.  “We set out to simply address panhandling downtown by providing an alternative means to give.  We’re on the right track, and it’s a great bonus to give this money to organizations that work to help those who need it most.”

The giving meter program was launched from a proposal initiated by the Park Central Square taskforce to address the concerns of panhandling in downtown.

The 14 retrofitted parking meters were decorated, painted, and repurposed by local artists and installed around downtown Springfield this past summer to give people the opportunity to donate to charities instead of to panhandlers.

Anyone interested in donating directly to the effort can send a check to the CFO, P.O. Box 8960, Springfield, MO, 65801; or donate online at www.cfozarks.org/donate. Please note “giving meters” for the fund/program. Donations made this way are tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowed by the IRS.

 

 

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