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Mail your checks to:
Episcopal Relief and Development
P.O. Box 7058
Merrifield, VA 22116-7058

Don't forget to write "Pennies from Heaven" in the memo!
Learn More...

"Pennies from Heaven" is a program designed by The Geranium Farm specifically for children to collect pennies for Episcopal Relief and Development (ERD).

This is done by wrapping a label of your choice (at right) around a Pringles can and collecting as many spare pennies as it can hold (give or take $13). Then simply convert that change to dollars and send a check to ERD.

ERD is the international relief and development agency of the Episcopal Church of the United States. An independent 501(c)(3) organization, ERD provides emergency assistance in times of crisis and rebuilds after disasters. It enables people to climb out of poverty by offering long-term solutions in the areas of food security and health care, including HIV/AIDS and malaria.

Thank you from all of us at The Geranium Farm and Episcopal Relief & Development for your support!

Pennies from Heaven is a fun and rewarding way for your children to participate in the spirit of giving and helping others! Everything you need is right here on this page. Get the brochures, labels, and illustrations (fun to color) below. Scroll further down for step by step instructions.

  Boy Brochure
  Girl Brochure 1
  Girl Brochure 2
  Brochure Back

  Boy Label
  Girl Label 1
  Girl Label 2

  Tools & Seeds
Pennies from Heaven, Step By Step...
E-mail for Whatshername...
Mon, 24 Mar 2008

Dear Whats-Her-Name,
Well, FINALLY, the children and adults of the Shared Episcopal Ministry of Northern New York has sent off $174.23 to Episcopal Relief and Development in YOUR name... Pennies from Heaven collected over the Advent season in the four parishes that make up SEMNNY in and around Watertown, NY.
We know these pennies will be well spent in helping others in need and we thank you for your inspiration for this outreach.
We are sorry for the loss of your dear one and glad to hear that you have ventured downstairs where the rest of your family await you, especially Barbara needing your help with her crossword puzzles. May God bless you this Easter and always!
- Doris McLallen

P.S. A special thanks to Fr. Wayne Storey for all his help!

Dear Episcopal Kids from Northern NY,
I just came in from outside, where I was running away from Kitten, the obnoxious newest member of our family. All he wants to do is chase!
Anyway, when I got back in, Barbara Crafton showed me the email about the money you've collected for ERD. That's a lot of pennies! I'm proud that the people at ERD will use that money to do good things for families who need help -- I feel like I'm part of your gift, even though I don't really have any money of my own to give.
So thanks. And thanks for your kind words about my best friend, Denise. She was one good lady.
Your feline friend,

Tue, 5 June 2007

Greetings Whatshername!
The children of St. Peter's Episcopal Church in Monroe, CT have collected $200 in their pennies from heaven campaign for ERD's Nets for life program.
(The Rev.) Kurt J. Huber, Rector
St. Peter’s Episcopal Church (Monroe, CT)

Dear St. Peter's Kids,
Wow! $200.00 is 20,000 pennies. How on earth did you ever collect so many? And just think of how much Fancy Feast $200.00 would buy.
Episcopal Relief and Development will use your $200.00 for some important things -- they even buy animals for families, sometimes, like a goat or some chickens. The family can use the milk or eggs and even have some left over to sell. They even buy a family a pig sometimes.
But do you know what? They never buy a family a cat.
Makes you wonder.
Your friend,

Wed, 16 May 2007

Hi and Meow to Whatshername,
Holy Trinity Episcopal Church School in Ocean City, NJ, just sent a check to ERD for $112.00. Each class put out the Pringles cans and proceeded to roll in the pennies. We did this during Lent and our adult prayer partners helped us and some of our congregation helped us too. It was the cats meow!
God Bless You from our church school and come see us at the shore (lots of sand).
Mrs Micki Merritt
Church School Superintendent

Hi, Holy Trinity Kids!
Good for you -- that's a lot of money you collected (it was nice that your adult friends helped, too)!
Things at the Farm are good: all the birds are back and I like to watch them, and my favorite half sunny/half shady spot underneath some daylily plants is nice and warm for my afternoon naps. I try to sleep about 18 hours a day -- not as young as I used to be!
These days I often take my meals outside under my favorite bush, so I can keep an eye on things.
The only thing that isn't perfect is this new cat who's come to live here, Ben. I can't stand that cat! He always wants to be friendly with me and ends up chasing me. Fortunately, it's spring, and Ben stays inside. He's from New York City and lived in an apartment there, so he doesn't know about outside. Hope nobody tells him.
Thanks again for making such a fine donation to ERD!
Your friend,

Thu, 26 Oct 2006

Hello, Whatshername!
I wanted to let you know that the children of St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Raleigh, NC collected $110 dollars worth of change in their Pringles cans - and we have mailed a check to ERD in that amount! We hope that you are doing well!
Peace & Love,
Carrie Shuping (& Chip, Blossom, Sushi & Henry - my family's 4 cats!)
Children's Christian Education Task Group Chair
St. Mark's Episcopal Church, Raleigh, NC

Dear Carrie, Chip, Blossom, Sushi & Henry -
Thanks for sending me the email about all the money the kids at St. Mark's collected in their Pennies From Heaven cans. They sure got a lot!
And be sure to let your friend Carrie know that the cat in the picture is NOT yours truly. I am a calico and that one is clearly a tabby -- it's Noodle, who used to live here with us and one day just up and decided to go exploring. She's still out there.
The money St. Mark's kids collected will do a lot of good for a lot of children. They must be super kids. With everyone here on the Farm, two and four (and even more) legged alike,
I am,
Your cat friend,

Sat, 28 Oct 2006

Hello, The children of Prince of Peace Episcopal Church in Dallas PA (Diocese of Bethlehem) have begun a Pennies from Heaven campaign which will wrap up on November 26. We have placed several canisters around the church and made MANY more for children (and adults) to take home and work hard to fill. Some of the children will be taking their cans Trick or Treating this week! We look forward to getting back to you with our donation amount.
Thanks for all of the WONDERFUL work you do!!
Jennifer Martin, Prince of Peace Episcopal Church

Dear Prince of Peace Kids,
Hope your Halloween was fun. We had trick-or-treaters all evening. It made me nervous, so after a while I just hid under the couch and peeked out at them. I'm not one for crowds. I'll be eager to hear how much you can fit into all those cans!
Your cat friend,

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