Pennies for presents: WCGH donates wishing well coins

Alberni's West Coast General Hospital donated a bucket full of pennies to the AV News Pennies For Presents drive.

Pauline Richmond

Pauline Richmond

Wishes may come true for Alberni Valley children this Christmas, and they have the West Coast General Hospital Foundation to thank, in part.

Pauline Richmond, foundation manager, dropped by the Alberni Valley News last week with a bucket full of pennies  for our Pennies for Presents campaign.

The pennies had been recovered last year from the wishing well that used to be in the Health Square at the hospital. When the wishing well was replaced with a small pond, the pennies were scooped out and stored, waiting for a penny drive, Richmond said.

Pennies for Presents is a Black Press campaign that has been ongoing since 1996. This is the Alberni Valley News’ first year participating. We will be donating our pennies to the Port Alberni Toy Run to ensure local children will have happy memories come Christmas morning.

Pennies can be dropped off here at the News (4656 Margaret St.), as well as Boston Pizza, C2 Salon, D.A.S.T. Welding, Colour Corner, Nature’s Elements and the Bank of Montreal.

editor@albernivalleynews.com