A journey of 1,000,000 pennies to Japan

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Second year Girl Scout Elizabeth has collected more than 15,000 pennies for the Girl Scouts of Japan.

Second grade Girl Scout Elizabeth has started a blog titled 1,000,000 Pennies for Girl Scouts of Japan. She is trying to collect one million pennies by her birthday in April to be donated to the Girl Scouts of Japan. In the process of helping aid Japan in their relief efforts after the devastating earthquake and tsunami, Elizabeth is learning lessons in charity, empathy and math.

While a million pennies may seem an unreachable goal, half the fun is the journey! Currently, Elisabeth has collected 20,445 pennies! Help her on her way here: penniesforjapangs@yahoo.com.

  1. Kathryn Merrick says:

    I think this is an admirable undertaking. But I’m confused. I thought Girl Scouts were not allowed to raise money for organizations. Our troop is interested in making baby blankets to send to Japan, but we were just told we are not allowed to even solicit donations of materials, such as flannel, for our project, much less money. Could someone clarify for me what the guidelines are? Thanks.

  2. Anna Paige says:

    Hello Kathryn,
    Excellent question! GSUSA received many calls from Girl Scouts around the country in the wake of the catastrophe in Japan, and as a result the policy that prohibits Girl Scouts from raising money for other organizations has been temporarily suspended.

    Read more here: http://gsmw.org/blog/girl-scouts-of-japan-relief-efforts/