Texas City Uses Parking Change to Feed Needy

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Residents of San Antonio, Texas are a little more willing to pay for city parking since the extra change is being used for a worthy cause.

City officials are using old parking meters to collect money to feed the homeless. So far, 25 retired meters have been converted into donation stations.

"'I know where the money is going, so I wouldn't be so skeptical about giving someone change," resident Steven Velazquez said. "Just throw it in one of these and know it's helping someone out."

All the proceeds go to a non-profit charity called Haven for Hope.

"A $1.40 feeds somebody a meal, $18 takes care of a person for a day, so those little amounts of money add up big in somebody's life," Haven President George Block said.
City officials say the program is a perfect fit. With a tight economy, people are often more willing to give smaller amounts in change than write larger checks.

"We all know that small donations, micro-donations, really add up," City Councilman Diego Bernal said. "And so if you can imagine these meters filling up every three or four days, it's a fair amount of money that can go to Haven for Hope right away."

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