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For the past fifteen years an Indianapolis godmother has been collecting pennies in an effort to save up for her goddaughter’s college tuition. How many pennies did this godmother collect? Five hundred thousand.
ABC6 News in Indiana reports:
In 1997, Faith Hammock, 40, began saving spare change in an effort she called Pennies From Heaven so that her goddaughter, Kyla Gilbert, could someday attend college. Hammock was born with a brain condition and is mentally disabled.
When Gilbert was just 3-years-old, Hammock began collecting rolls, baskets and fists full of pennies, and once she spread the word, more donations began pouring in.
“Faith even had us picking up pennies off the street. If we see pennies on the street, you got to pick them up,” said Hammock’s mother, Janice Mays.
The years of hard work and determination by her family have paid off for Gilbert, RTV6’s Chance Walser reported.
“All this hard work that they’ve put in to me, I had to put it into something else and show them that I’m a good student. They are investing in me and they are investing in something good,” Gilbert said.
On Sunday, Hammock presented Gilbert with a check for $5,000, the culmination of a nearly two-decade penny collection.
“She is about to go to college in the fall, and I’m going to be happy for her,” Hammock said.
As an honors high school graduate, Hammock will be attending Indiana University in the fall with hopes of one day becoming a nurse.
“She’s kept me going for years and years. I just don’t know what I would do without her. I’m so happy to have her. I wouldn’t want any other godmother,” Gilbert said.
Along with the pennies from heaven, Gilbert has earned other scholarships and said her entire college tuition is nearly paid in full.
Gilbert said she plans to use Hammock’s donation for room and board.
Five thousand dollars is a lot of money to save in bills, let alone pennies! This sort of diligence is incredibly inspiring. I wonder if the godmother saved other change too and has about 10-grand for herself in dimes, nickels, and quarters! Seriously, what a heartwarming story. This girl is lucky to have a selfless godmother like that. I hope she does well in college.
Do you save change? Does this story make you want to start?
Alissa Henry is a freelance writer living in Columbus, OH. Follow her on Twitter @AlissaInPink
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