Thousands of pennies to help nonprofit school

Thousands of pennies to help nonprofit school

Volunteers across Spokane County collected thousands and thousands of pennies on Saturday to raise money for a local non profit school helping kids with special needs.

The Spokane Guilds’ School and Neuromuscular Center annual penny drive raises almost $75,000 every year for the school. This annual event accounts for about 40% of the school’s budget.

Volunteers stood outside in the beautiful sunshine at 12 different locations across the county on Saturday, including the intersection of 29th and Grand Blvd.

More than 30 students from Ferris High School helped collect donations.

“I’m just really excited to be out here, helping these kids be able to try to live the life they want to live,” said Tommy Costello, a senior at Ferris High School.

Costello said the generosity was amazing as people poured pennies, checks and $50 bills into the collection buckets.

“Huge containers and bags of pennies that they had to have been saving for a while, ” said Costello.

Ferris sophomore, Tristyn Backlund also volunteered for the penny drive.

“It feels so good to know that we are helping kids who really need the money and actually need the help,” said Backlund.

The Spokane Guilds’ School and Neuromuscular Center helps local children in need of intervention therapy and other medical needs, regardless of a family’s ability to pay.

For more information about the non-profit: http://www.guildschool.org/home