Pennies still wanted by charity

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Courtney Libbey of Eat Local Pizza and Pastry shows a penny from the tips jar on Monday. Retailers now have the option to refuse the discontinued diminutive denomination. (Brent Linton)
Courtney Libbey of Eat Local Pizza and Pastry shows a penny from the tips jar on Monday. Retailers now have the option to refuse the discontinued diminutive denomination. (Brent Linton)

The Canadian Diabetes Association wants your pennies.
The federal government has officially discontinued producing the one cent coin.
However, existing pennies still hold their value, and the diabetes association can put them to good use.
The association is calling on residents to donate their penny stashes; any money raised will go to fund diabetes research, education and services in Ontario.
“This is a solution that people can feel good about,” said Terry Cavanaugh, regional director for the association.
“Over 20,000 people in Northwestern Ontario are living with diabetes and this is an easy way to help make a difference in someone’s life.”
Anyone with extra pennies to donate can call the association’s Thunder Bay branch at 577-4232, extension 223, or drop them off at the association’s office at Suite 501, 200 S. Syndicate Ave.