Pennies From Heaven
Just how did all of this start???? Well, in the fall of 2003, I was out walking a lot of days with a friend, and I began to notice pennies on the ground. I said, "You know what? I am going to begin picking up pennies and saving them. Then, I will know what to do with them." Slowly, but surely they began to add up. I even found a few quarters, nickels, and dimes. Every so often I would pour them out of the jar, count them, and then keep saving them. I eventually gathered $3.22
Spring, 2005 I began going to Africa, taking teams of men and women with me to train leaders. I heard firsthand the stories of starvation and of corrupt people not getting food to them. Thousands were dying due to this. I began sending money to people who would help them.
December 2005 I had met a woman last spring who was a Member of Parliament in Malawi and she emailed me, telling me of the famine in Malawi, as well as the rains that had destroyed 8,000 homes in her district, and asked me if there was any way I could help, big or little. I immediately got $2000 together from donations to send to her, and all of a sudden realized I could also send the pennies I had found--$3.22 worth. Not much, but a start.
January 2006 Began to get the idea of asking other people to pick up pennies they found on the street. Why not? They were a nuisance to most people, not very valuable, and something anyone from a homeless person to a child, to an adult could do. And they could really add up. Then, this thought came to me, "Feeding the World with What America Throws Away" What a thought!! I sent out an email to hundreds of my friends, asking them if they would help, and then they sent it on to all their friends who sent it on to their friends, etc. The response has been incredible. Everyone says to me, "Of course, I will help do that. What a great thing!"
I told the people where I bank at Wells Fargo about it, asking it they would help me do it by setting up an account anyone could deposit into, no matter where they lived, or that they could mail to me in states where there was no Wells Fargo Bank. Not only were they agreeable, but they then asked me to meet with the district manager to see about doing it in a larger way. The bank account deposit name at any Wells Fargo is "Pennies From Heaven/Betty Swann Ministries". The pennies started coming in. One lady dropped a shoe box full of pennies by my husband's office--$30 in pennies. A homeless man gave me two pennies. One young man gave all the pennies he had been saving for years--$60. A young mother and her daughter emptied everything in their house and donated all the pennies--$11.10.
My husband got so interested in doing it that he began to go through all his desk drawers, his car pockets, and began looking on the ground everywhere for pennies. We even went to two different Sonic Drive-In's, searching the ground for pennies. We found a lot of them, especially by the drive-up windows. The employees were so happy to help and gave me all their pennies from their tips.
People began calling me and saying, "Betty, I cannot believe how excited I now get by seeing one penny on the ground!" Many others said to me, "I want my children to get involved; I want the school children to get involved." One friend called me from LAX Airport and in a happy voice said, "Betty, I found a penny at the airport!"
January 2006 Got the Pennies From Heaven project set up as a 501(C)3 with two accountants willing to watch over the money. (One of them was the head of the United Way Campaign for two years.) Made sure I knew of four honest, reputable people in Africa I could trust to use the money wisely to feed people. Got a website. Discovered there are many sites with this name, so had to choose Penniesfromheavenus.com Designed the website myself, hooray for me. Decided there will be no administrative costs in the project, that whatever comes in will be all given away for food, and that it will involve all types of people who care about helping starving people.
January 2006 A friend gave me the audio CD's of the book by Malcolm Gladwell, "The Tipping Point". I decided to build this project as closely as I could by what I learned in this book. Are you a connector, a maven, or a salesman????
January 2006 We have a girl from Kenya living with us while she goes to college and she helped me figure out exactly how much it would take to feed one person. She said to me, "Oh, Betty, it makes me sick to see pennies thrown on the ground. People do not realize how much a penny is worth in Africa, due to the exchange rate." We took what her mom buys to feed her family of five in Nakuru, Kenya and divided up the cost. Amazing to realize that just six pennies will feed someone for a meal!
January 2006 I began appearing on God's Learning Channel with my own TV show and they filmed a special advertisement of Pennies From Heaven that airs at the end of each of the TV shows. This show goes to 75 countries, due to satellite and the internet.
Pennies began coming in amazing ways. One person from another town mailed me four pennies. A school teacher of second graders emailed me (don't know how she got my email, guess it was from someone I knew, who knew someone, who knew someone, who knew her) and said her class had collected $150 so far and was gathering them until May. Another deposited $0.24 into the Wells Fargo account.
February 3, 2006, WELL, THE ACCOUNT NOW HAS $373.74 IN IT!!
February 10, 2006, Just checked today, one week later, and deposits were made recently of $2.22, $2.40, $4.21, $1.50, $17.53, and $17.74. So far, the total in the bank is $549.13. Doesn't sound like much until you realize it is over 5,400 pennies that were just lying around, doing nothing. Divide it by 6 cents and see what you get; that is how many people will eat. Amazing!!
February 2006 Tell everyone you know about this. People in America love to help others.
February 14, 2006, This thing is starting to take on a life of its own. People are grabbing the vision and going with it. They are beginning to email me with what they are doing with it. I am a big dreamer, so my dreams for it are big. Today the Maverick Boys and Girls Club, which is in six locations, is taking it on as a project for their children (many from poor homes) to have a way to give back to those less fortunate than them. They will decorate the containers as their art project also. Checked the bank account today. Deposits of $82.88 (that's about a gallon and a half of pennies!) and $22.40 were made today, totaling $654.41. Have no earthly idea who did it. I am going to Africa in two weeks and will take whatever money is in the account by then.
Two emails came today: 1. "The Pennies From Heaven idea is wonderful. I have contacted a local convenience store (this is in another town) that has one of those penny trays. I took them an empty plastic coffee container and they are going to dump excess pennies in it. I will collect them every week or so and make a deposit. My mailman was in there when I took the coffee can to them, heard us talking about it, and emptied his change pocket into the can! It is so fun to see how people react and want to help...it is so big, yet so simple." 2. "I'm going to send this info into our new corporate initiative -"Your Good Works" (this is for a national company) I met this woman on a cruise and told her about the pennies project. She lives in North Carolina.
February 17, 2006, Almost $1000 in the bank account now. Great! Met today with the Amarillo Public Schools administrator in charge of school projects. She is on board and very supportive. One second grade class and the entire 7th grade of one school is having penny drives as their project. Emailed the Member of Parliament in Malawi and the man in Kenya who has four orphanages, telling them I am bringing whatever money has come in by the time I go to Africa March 1-19th.
Met with Regional Director of Wells Fargo today and will meet with the bank president next week. Almost $1000 is in the account now. One little man called me and told me it "tickled his gizzard" to be able to do this. He deposited $5.54. Someone else deposited $92.17. Can you imagine someone having that many pennies lying around?? There was an article in the paper Wednesday about Pennies with a picture of the second-grade class who is collecting pennies. This came about through people sending the email on to their friends and co-workers. I will talk to this class next Monday. The reporter wants me to keep a journal in Africa and then he will do an article on it when I get back.
February 22 Something funny happened last night. A friend from Austin, TX told me she saw the advertisement for "Pennies" on the TV show and after that was out somewhere using a public toilet and dropped a few coins out of her pocket. She said she was going to ignore them, remembered what she saw on TV, and got on her hands and knees in the next stall where they had rolled and picked them up, saying to herself, "Betty would kill me if I didn't pick these up!"
Another friend brought me a baggy with coins in it, saying, "These are the coins I have picked up in my washing machine for the last year from my teenagers' clothes." It was about $27.00. YOU ARE GREAT, CARING PEOPLE. KEEP IT UP!
March 1, 2006, Email to Friends: Hello Friends, You are doing an amazing job and an especially good one of sending these emails on to others on your email list. I am hearing from people I could never even know and they are helping big time. Americans are incredibly generous. And they are so industrious, even in little things like saving pennies. Bill and I are not the only ones bending over at McDonald's and picking up pennies by the drive-through window. We did that last weekend in Plainview, TX. Two different people said, "Lost something?" "No, just picking up pennies to feed starving people." And they said, "Way to go!" We found 11 pennies on the ground.
I will be checking for sure in Africa to see if 6 cents really will feed someone. The closest calculations Bill can make say so. My friend Janet, who is the Program Director for the Salvation Army, says they can feed breakfast here for 23 cents, so I am thinking it is true. It costs more to feed in other parts of the world, but it is still $0.10 or so. The closer you get to America, the more it seems to cost to feed people.
This week, two little old ladies who are over 90 years old and use walkers brought me pennies in an old Este Lauder dusting powder box and one of those cans you get at Christmas with fruitcake in it. The look on their faces of being useful in the world was priceless. Mary, the girl from Kenya, who has been living with us for the last five months while she goes to college, gave me her change for Africa--$37.00! I emptied out the Pennies bank account yesterday and am taking all the money to Africa except for $25.00. People have been giving me money by check also, two have given me $1000. I am taking $3500, of which $1500 was actually from pennies and loose change (can you believe it, just setting around or thrown away). Of the other, one couple said, “We were going to give $500, but decided to give $1000.”
I am leaving $25.00 in the account and can’t wait to see how it has grown when I get back.
The other $1000 is an amazing story. Yesterday, due to the busyness of getting ready to leave for Africa, I forgot my haircut appointment at 9:00 and had to call my hairdresser and ask if I could come anyway. She said yes, I will work you in at 10:00. I took her one of the brochures and she and I were talking about it while she finished the hair of a woman sitting there. I casually looked at the woman and said, "Save your pennies and give them to Donette." Later, as Donette was washing my hair, she said, "Betty, that woman put a check in your purse." When I looked at the check, it was made out for $1000. We were jumping up and down and Donette was saying, "Just think, if you hadn’t been late, you never would have met her!"
While this is so amazing, the fact that someone also deposited 24 cents into Wells Fargo is also very important. It really is about feeding the world with what America throws away. By the way, Wells Fargo has done a great thing. You now can mail a check to Wells Fargo after cashing in your pennies and they will deposit it for you, even if you live in a state where there is no Wells Fargo. Mail it to Wells Fargo Bank, 905 S. Fillmore, Suite 101, Amarillo, TX 79101 to the account of "Pennies From Heaven/Betty Swann Ministries”. It has to say just that because Wells Fargo has many accounts named Pennies From Heaven and there could be confusion. You can also go to the website, www.penniesfromheavenus.com and use PayPal.
April 2006 BACK FROM AFRICA!!!! What a success. I ended up taking $4000 with me to Africa to feed people--$2000 went to Kenya and $2000 went to Malawi. Both have been suffering from drought and famine. The floods in Malawi destroyed crops again. I worked at a feeding place for children in Kenya whose moms are single moms working at very low wages in the flower farms. These children do not have enough to eat. They were so happy and cheerful to get the food, very polite too. Thanks to you who gave your pennies, it worked! Students from many different grades are making the Pennies Project their school project.
Many elderly people are sending in pennies. Cindy Randolph is sponsoring the Walter K. Randolph Bikers for Bikers Rally and is giving a prize for the person who brings in the greatest weight of pennies. Another woman and her husband have a big pig jar so full of pennies that they cannot lift it and they are donating them. Money is now coming in from other states. A woman I met on a plane from South Carolina sent in money to Wells Fargo.
As of today, April 2006, there is $1266.56 in the Pennies account at Wells Fargo. I am sending the next amount of money to Mexico to feed people on the border at the end of June. Wonder how much there will be in it by the end of June???? A Hispanic woman in Amarillo told me that she can feed a member of her family here in the USA a meal of beans and rice for $.07.
May 13, 2006, About $4000 went to Africa in March to feed people, and as of yesterday, I have almost $2500 to send to Acuna, Mexico, to the people who live in "Cardboard City" (houses made of cardboard boxes). I have been there and seen them. I will send whatever is in the account by June 24th. So far people have given over $6500 to feed people. That is over 108,333 meals. Only God could think of something so insignificant that could do so much. People have really caught the vision of this.
June 11, 2006, It just keeps happening! A woman I met in North Myrtle Beach, SC, is working so hard to gather pennies from her friends and others. A man from West Virginia had a dream about pennies falling from heaven (he had become very concerned for starving children in the previous weeks) and he asked his wife if she had any idea what it could mean. She said, "I think we are to feed people with pennies and we are to feed the people no one cares about." So he got on the internet and did a search for pennies from heaven, found the website and contacted me by email. He is so excited and has already contacted friends to help him.
Money has now come in from two different sets of school classes. One class raised $436.02. They had a man in their neighborhood read about the story in the newspaper, and he brought all the pennies he had collected for years to add to what they had collected. A group of three classes of third-grade students from a school where 80% of the children live below the poverty level collected $168.09. The teacher said they never have quarters, etc. to buy things with, so they were so happy to have a way to help someone. Way to go!
July 2006 Well, since January, 2006 you all have contributed almost $8000, mostly in pennies, to feed starving people. A week ago I sent a final total of $2700 to Mexico and that will feed over 8800 children meals, and then I sent $800 to Africa to buy beans and rice early for the fall feeding program (you can get more for your money right now).
I took a jar of pennies to the bank this morning and it was about $40.00, making the total in there right now of $639.14. I keep emptying it out and giving it away and starting over again. As soon as it gets several thousand in there, I will be sending it to Mozambique and to Native Americans.
You are doing an incredible job of gathering pennies and also an incredible job of spreading the word. Last week a homeless man gave me $0.03 and told me he was getting all his friends to gather them up too. A few days ago a church in North Myrtle Beach, SC sent me a check for $190 of pennies they had collected. Keep sending this pennies update on to your email list. Every penny counts.
I am enclosing an email from my nephew with an original idea for getting his two daughters to help gather pennies:
Dear Aunt Betty,
We are going to send you $6.00. In just one lunch at a restaurant, we drank water instead of other drinks. By doing something that’s better for us anyway, we know that you could use the same amount of money to buy 100 meals for families in Africa. Thank you for helping us do this.
Our goal is to do this at least once a week. Jim, Denise, and Girls
August 22, 2006, A Jewish woman, whose life as a child was saved during the Holocaust by being sent to a Scandinavian country, is helping collect pennies in San Diego. She is so excited about helping feed children and adults. She sent me an email today, asking how I was able to respond to people who had given money, to thank them and to encourage them to keep on giving. Here is my reply to her:
Jacklyn, I am not able to thank most of the contributors because they contribute directly to Wells Fargo Bank and I never know who they are. If they send me the money or a check, I always call them on the phone or at least write them if they don’t have a published phone number. Today I thanked a man who works in a health food store for the pennies he and his friend donated. He saw an article in the Amarillo paper about PFH and wanted to help. Because of not knowing who most of the people are, I am keeping a journal and pictures on the website to keep people encouraged at working at getting the pennies in. Please tell people to go to the website and click on the blog. www.penniesfromheavenus.com
I am sending $2500 today to Mozambique, Africa. These people feed 10,000 orphans a day, every day, so this $2500 will feed all the orphans for 2 ½ days. From pennies!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Already I have over $320.77 gathered in the bank for the next project, which will be the Native American Indians.
JULY, 2006 Since January 2006, I have received almost $10,000 total from people. All of it has gone for food to Africa, Mexico, and now the USA.
Recently USA Today had an article on pennies not being useful anymore. I wrote a letter to the editor about it and they published it. I also sent in the information to People Magazine about PFH and they emailed me two letters, asking me for more information, as it might be a good story for them. I have not heard back from them, but have high hopes I will. I am adding more pictures to the picture site, so please look at them. Thank you so MUCH for all the pennies you have sent in.
JULY, 2007 UPDATE: Can it really be one year since I have written in this journal????? It has been like a whirlwind with all the pennies coming in from all over America. Even people from other countries such as Canada, England, Switzerland, and the Philippines have sent in money.
JULY, 2007 WE BEGAN THIS PROJECT IN JANUARY, 2006 WITH $3.22 AND NOW THE TOTAL IN JUST A YEAR AND A HALF IS OVER $30,000!!! AMAZING! INCREDIBLE!
AND, AS NEAR AS WE CAN FIGURE IT, THAT HAS BOUGHT ALMOST 350,000 MEALS ALL OVER THE WORLD.
Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.
Who would ever have believed that this kind of money could have come in from pennies and small change? Four people have donated $1000 and three have donated $500 each, but all the rest has come in from pennies and small change. Basically, money that was useless and helping no one, is now feeding the world.
Who has been doing this? Ordinary people, old people, little children, poor people, homeless people, corporation employees with their money jar in their offices, wishing wells from hotels, school children, civic organizations like Lion’s Club, and churches. (One church had a multi-cultural group and the head of it was a member of the Cherokee nation and therefore they wanted all their money to go to the Navajo Nation--$2700 in pennies and small change.
Two Navajo churches that were exceptionally poor sent in $40-50 each to be sent to Viet Nam since many of their members had served in Viet Nam.
A church here in Amarillo had just its children saving pennies, but the adults got in on it also--$3313!)
Wells Fargo here in Amarillo, TX just gave me a donation of $500 to show their support of the project.
COUNTRIES FED BY THE PENNIES FROM HEAVEN PROJECT SINCE WE STARTED 1 1/2 YEARS AGO IN 2006, OVER $30,000 :
1. Kenya $2750 (Meals will cost $0.06 there)
2. Malawi $5610 (Meals will cost $0.05 there)
3. Mexico $2700 (Meals will cost $1.00 there).
4. Mozambique $2500 (Meals will cost $0.10 there)
5. Belarus $1500 (Meals will cost $1.25 there including extra meal)
6. Belize $1000 (Meals will cost $1.00 there)
7. USA-Navajo Indians $2700 (Meals will cost $1.33 there)
8. USA-New Orleans $800 (Meals will cost $1.25 there
9. Viet Nam $2800 (Meals will cost $0.04 there)
10. Philippines $2500 (Meals will cost $0.10 there)
11. Sudan $3513 (Not sure yet)
The next monies coming in are being saved in the bank to send to Mexico again (Zihuatenejo, this time). Keep telling your friends and email lists about this project. Remember, 100% of the money goes for food to hungry people, and I am very careful about watching what the people I give the money to, do with it.
TOGETHER WE HAVE DONE THIS, EVERYBODY HELPING IN THEIR OWN WAY AND LOOK WHAT HAS HAPPENED!
I CAN ONLY HOPE IT GROWS AND GROWS UNTIL HUGE NUMBERS OF PEOPLE ARE INVOLVED. THERE ARE A LOT OF HUNGRY PEOPLE IN THE WORLD AND WE CAN HELP THEM.
September 2008 WOWEE! Wowee! THE TOTAL AMOUNT DONATED IS APPROACHING $60,000!!!! What an exciting project this has been! Now people in Africa, Canada, the Philippines, and England are sending money for PFH, so it has gone global. Also, more corporations are having their employees bring in pennies.
Thus far, we have fed people in 12 countries and fed more than once in Kenya, Malawi, Mexico and the Philippines. We are gathering pennies now to feed people in Israel who were dislocated from Gaza and hope to also feed in Egypt to people living at the garbage dump. So far people are still putting money in Wells Fargo to the account of Pennies From Heaven/Betty Swann Ministries"--some as little as $0.15. I will be feeding people in Israel at $0.21 per person.
Yesterday a man gave me $11.00. He said, "I cannot watch you on TV anymore. Every time I sit down to eat, I think of what you said about hungry people and I cannot eat, SO HERE, TAKE THIS MONEY!"
I also am still getting money from homeless people who find it lying around on the ground. What an amazing thing a joint effort is. You cannot imagine how proud they are to be able to help feed someone else. One homeless guy joyfully gave me two quarters. I am still being very careful with the money and who I send it to.
November, 2008 $70,364.74!!! And still coming in. People have been so generous to help. One little four year old boy heard me talk about the Pennies From Heaven Project and he wanted to help, so he gave $10 he got for his birthday. Now we are collecting money to give to hungry people in Bethlehem, as some are in dire circumstance there. After that, in Spring, 2009 we will collect for Honduras.
August, 2009 $88,056.73 has come in!! We have fed people in 18 countries around the world). Oh, the joy of getting to do this! What an amazing deal with so many people loving to help with this project all over America. Who says Americans are all wrapped up in themselves OR are struggling with the economic situation in the USA OR are too busy! The generosity and goodwill has been incredible. Thank you, thank you, thank you. Oh, how happy I would be if this thing went over $100,000. I start wondering if it will continue and about that time another load of pennies comes in.
One of the men I send money to in Kenya said 400 people eat from the Pennies From Heaven money each week. He said, "Betty, this is not people who have money-- they will not have a meal without it."
I began gathering pennies for Honduras because of some people I know in Amarillo who are from Honduras and know the poverty there. But also, because I met a man in Cairo, Egypt who feeds the people who live in the garbage of Cairo. He also feeds in Honduras and will help me get the money to honest people. The best thing is, right after I had gathered the money for feeding in Honduras, the man called and asked if he could use the money to feed people who had fled the country running to Nicaragua and Guatemala due to the political violence in Honduras. I had just at that moment been reading an article in the paper about what was happening in Honduras when I got his phone call. We are right on the front line!
September, 2009 In August a man named Cal Perry did a video report for CNN on 200 Christian families (2000 people) who had been kicked out of their homes due to the government saying they had done something illegal and who were now living in tents in the median of a four-lane highway right in the center of Islamabad, Pakistan. A man I work with in Lahore, Pakistan, took $1000 I sent him from PFH and used $200 of it to buy sacks of flour (rare and hard to get) for 50 families of those Christians living there. I have a video of their happiness at getting the food. He has now fed people in two other areas with this money. It continues to amaze me what can happen with a tiny coin that no one in America values very much. It also proves to me that no matter how warlike life is, there is always a way to help people in distress. I am discovering that people hear about these things and want to help someway, but cannot find a way to do it. I am also realizing that there is a need for something like this to meet situations that are not "tsunamis", but are real needs anyway.
So you see, a great thing can come from a little penny.
PENNIES!!! I am still looking for them at every drive-through I go through. Found a nickel this last week at one, a penny at one, and another penny at another one. Help me do this. Just open your car door as you pay out and pick up the change lying there. It will be washed away each night by the cleaning team and lost forever when it could be feeding someone hungry somewhere.
I have a granddaughter who is 10 years old. We do something together which we call a “Penny Run” and she loves to go with me looking for pennies at the drive-through of various eating places and coffee shops. Kids get so excited about doing it. The look in a child’s eyes at the thought of helping a child or hungry person somewhere else makes it all worth it.
A few days ago a homeless man found a penny at a convenience store and gave it to me. Another one ran up to me and said, “Hello, Pennies From Heaven!!!”. He was one of the ones who had found 50 cents two years ago and he still remembered the joy of helping feed hungry people. The homeless people at Faith City Mission made a container to keep the pennies in, and those people have faithfully donated that money for over a year. It has amounted to over $100 many, many times.
PFH - Grand Total Collected --$89,004.36--Just so exciting!
October 2009 New York City vacation. Found a total of $1.67 on the streets of NYC. My husband is great at finding them.
December 2009 Big, huge thing happened in my life! We got an opportunity to move to New York City for 1-2 years. How will things change??? New people who can help me gather pennies!!
THE TOTAL RIGHT NOW IS OVER $95,000 THAT HAS COME IN AND ALL HAS GONE OUT TO FEED PEOPLE IN 18 COUNTRIES. KEEP IT UP, AMERICA!!
January 2010 I am in NYC, picking up pennies daily. I met a woman from Ukraine in a key shop and she is going to set up a jar for people and we will use the money I find in NYC to feed people in Ukraine. She knows an honest person I can trust to do it right. I am starting that project with $2.63. I met another young woman who is starting work on her Ph.D. with very little income, but she wants to gather pennies for me.
We are now feeding every month in Kenya and Uganda (we donate every month to help feed over 400 kids daily. These are orphans, street kids, and kids of single moms who work in the flower fields of Kenya. and we are feeding as much as possible in the different villages of Pakistan.
Yet, you wonderful people continue to give and give and give. IF YOU ARE READING THIS IN THE USA OR IN ANY OTHER COUNTRY, PLEASE FORWARD IT ON TO THE PEOPLE ON YOUR EMAIL LIST AND GET THEM TO HELP TOO.
06/17/2010 TOTAL: $101,135 GIVEN AWAY SO FAR. WOWWEE, WHO WOULD HAVE THOUGHT THIS WOULD WORK LIKE IT HAS!! ALL THIS HAS BEEN DONE IN ONLY FOUR YEARS.
FALL, 2010 Some big donations came in along with the pennies, so look where it is now!
COUNTRIES FED BY PENNIES FROM HEAVEN INTERNATIONAL THROUGH 10/29/10-$109,381.72:
1. Kenya $40,225 (Meals will cost $0.10 there)
2. Malawi $11,857 (Meals will cost $0.10 there)
3. Sudan $3404 (Not sure yet how much will cost there)
4. Uganda $2700 (Not sure yet how much will cost there)
5. Mozambique $2500 (Meals will cost $0.10 there)
6. Mexico $5200 (Meals will cost $1.00 there).
7. Belarus $1500 (Meals will cost $1.25 there including one extra meal)
8. Belize $1107 (Meals will cost $1.00 there)
Navajo Indians $2811 (Meals will cost $1.33 there)
New Orleans-Hurrican Katrina $800 (Meals will cost $1.25 there)
Poor Children at City Church $3764 (Meals will help feed 2300 kids/day)
Benevolence to Unemployed in Amarillo $100
Appalachia (money is being gathered now for this project)
10. Viet Nam $2800 (Meals cost $0.04 there)
11. Philippines $6351 (Meals cost $0.10 there)
12. Israel $14,267 (Includes both Gush Katif and Bethlehem)
13. Egypt $1250 (Meals for people living in Garbage City, Cairo)
14. Haiti $500 (Not sure how much it cost there)
15. Honduras $1000 (Not sure yet how much it cost there)
16. Pakistan $3600 ($0.10, fed in over 20 villages in Pakistan)
10/11/2011 It is still working and still growing. NOW OVER $125,000 HAS COME IN TO FEED HUNGRY PEOPLE ALL OVER THE WORLD- IN 20 COUNTRIES. Our mission statement is now, "Feeding the Hungry World with Pennies". Please help us and please get all your friends to help us.
2012 REPORT: SINCE I MOVED TO SPEND PART OF MY TIME IN NYC AND SINCE I AM NO LONGER ON TV (THEY ARE ONLY SHOWING RERUNS ON WWW.GLC.US.COM), THE MONEY HAS NOT COME IN AS STRONG AS BEFORE. MONEY STILL COMING IN, AND WE HAVE BEEN GIVING $1500 A MONTH TO KENYA TO FEED OVER 400-500 KIDS A MONTH (ORPHANS, KIDS OF SINGLE MOMS, AND STREET KIDS) AND THEN ANY LEFT OVER TO FEED IN PAKISTAN. DETERMINED TO KEEP AT THIS AND TO FIND A WAY TO FEED THESE HUNGRY PEOPLE IN AN EVEN GREATER WAY. PRAYING SO HARD ABOUT IT. IT WILL HAPPEN.
COUNTRIES FED BY PENNIES FROM HEAVEN INTERNATIONAL THROUGH 1/28/2013. TOTAL GIVEN AWAY SINCE JANUARY, 2006-JANUARY, 2013: $146,372.52!!!!:
1. KENYA $70,459 (Meals will cost between $0.06 and $0.10 there)
2. MALAWI $11,857 (Meals will cost $0.10 there)
3. SUDAN $3404 (Not sure what cost is)
4. UGANDA $2700 (Not sure what cost is)
5. MOZAMBIQUE $2500 (Meals will cost $0.10 there)
6. MEXICO $5200 (Meals will cost $1.00 there).
7. BELARUS $1500 (Meals will cost $1.25 there including one extra meal)
8. BELIZE $1107 (Meals will cost $1.00 there)
9. USA: $7474.81 (Shows where it went below)
Navajo Indian $2811 (Meals will cost $1.33 there)
New Orleans-Hurrican Katrina $800 (Meals will cost $1.25 there)
Poor Children at City Church $3764 (Meals will help feed 2300 kids/day)
Unemployed in Amarillo $100
10. VIET NAM $2800 (Meals cost $0.04 there)
11. PHILIPPINES $6351 (Meals cost $0.10 there)
12. ISRAEL $14,581.21 (Includes both Gush Katif, Karmiel, and Bethlehem)
13. EGYPT $2250 (Meals for people living in Garbage City, Cairo)
14. HAITI $815 (Not sure what cost is)
15. HONDURAS $1000 (Not sure what cost is)
16. PAKISTAN $7407 (Not sure, fed in over 20 villages in Pakistan)
17. NICARAGUA $460 (Not sure, fed kids in the garbage dump)
18. SOMALIA $3500 (Not sure, fed the refugees fleeing into northern Kenya)
19. RWANDA $1000 (Not sure, fed poor villagers)
20. TANZANIA $7.00 (Just begun collecting money for poor villagers)
TOTAL GIVEN AWAY SINCE JANUARY, 2006-JUNE, 2014: $146,372.52
I am so amazed at all of this. People are so generous. They just want to know if the money is going for food (yes, 100%) and are the people who get the money to buy the food honest (yes, we make sure of it before we give the money) and do we have proof (yes, pictures, videos, and receipts)
You can convert your change into a check or a money order and mail to:
BETTY SWANN MINISTRIES/PENNIES FROM HEAVEN
Amarillo, TX 79114-8882
OR YOU CAN USE THE PAYPAL LINK ON THE HOME PAGE OF THIS WEBSITE
OR GO TO PAYPAL.COM YOURSELF AND use firstname.lastname@example.org
We have CPA's and bookkeepers watching carefully over this account and we are associated with www.guidestar.org where you can see the Form 990 which is the tax return we file with the US government through Betty Swann Ministries.
GOD BLESS YOU FOR HELPING US FEED THE HUNGRY OF THE WORLD WITH PENNIES AND SMALL CHANGE
NOTICE: ANOTHER IMPORTANT EASY WAY TO GET PENNIES:
PLEASE USE WWW.GOODSEARCH.COM FOR YOUR SEARCH ENGINE AND TO BUY ONLINE. It brings in a penny every time you use it. Not much for other non-profits to get, but huge for us, due to what a penny can buy in other countries. IF YOU USE IT TO BUY THINGS ON VARIOUS INTERNET WEBSITES, even more, money can come to us.
On your web browser, you can make goodsearch.com your search engine. That will bring us money as long as you type in Pennies From Heaveerehn, Amarillo, TX as the place you want the money to go to on the Good Search website. If you are not able to do that, go to goodsearch.com first, then type in google.com and then use Google like normal. Two extra steps, but it will feed someone.
If you shop at smile.amazon.com, you can designate part of your money to go to Betty Swann Ministries.
When you shop at smile.amazon.com, Amazon will donate 0.5% of your purchase price if you designate it for Betty Swann Ministries and it will then go to Pennies From Heaven for feeding people.
JUST THINK, BY MYSELF, I COLLECTED $3.22. Recently, someone deposited $0.55 in the bank account. That little amount will feed some hungry people. A man from Dubai recently sent $1000 to feed people. My husband and I continue every day to find pennies and small change on the street of New York City. Here it is nine years later and we are still using them to feed people.
In the last few years, we have given to the USA Hurricane efforts, we have fed orphans, street boys, kids of single moms, poor families and widows.
NOTICE: ANOTHER IMPORTANT EASY WAY TO GET PENNIES: PLEASE USE www.goodsearch.com FOR YOUR SEARCH ENGINE AND TO BUY ONLINE. It brings in a penny every time you use it. Not much for other non-profits to get, but huge for us, due to what a penny can buy in other countries. IF YOU USE IT TO BUY THINGS ON VARIOUS INTERNET WEBSITES, even more money can come to us. On your web browser, you can make goodsearch.com your search engine. That will bring us money as long as you type in Pennies From Heaven, Amarillo, TX as the place you want to money to go to on the Good Search website. If you are not able to do that, go to goodsearch.com first, then type in google.com and then use Google like normal. Two extra steps, but it will feed someone.
Also, if you use amazon.com to buy things, you can use their smile project and put in Betty Swann Ministries and all that money will go to Pennies From Heaven. WWW.SMILE.AMAZON.COM
WITH THE HELP OF SO MANY PEOPLE, AS OF AUGUST 5, 2016, WE HAVE NOW COLLECTED DONATIONS IN THE AMOUNT OF $210,774.07!! ABSOLUTELY SO AMAZING.
I have just begun filming a show in New York City at mnn.org which is streaming as well as showing locally. It is called "Wisdom in the Night." There will be a link to it for Pennies From Heaven. Hopefully, there will be many new folks helping us feed people and we can expand even more.
THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! YOU ARE DEAR, GENEROUS PEOPLE AND YOU ARE NOW HELPING FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD. MANY HUNGRY PEOPLE WILL EAT A MEAL BECAUSE OF YOU.
"FEEDING THE HUNGRY OF THE WORLD WITH PENNIES"
"FEEDING THE HUNGRY WORLD WITH PENNIES"