Lynchburg’s repurposed parking meters lead to $4,000 donation

Change for Change presented the check on Monday

LYNCHBURG, Va. – Spare change is changing lives for those struggling during the coronavirus pandemic.

As 10 News first reported last fall, refurbished parking meters in downtown Lynchburg and Boonsboro use spare change to fund agencies helping those in need.

On Monday, organizers of the Change for Change caring meters presented their first check, one worth $4,000 made out to to the Interfaith Outreach Association.

Shawne Farmer, Interfaith’s executive director, said it’s a lifeline for people behind on utility bills due to COVID-19.

“With a lot of CARES funds expiring at the end of December, this money is so appreciated as it’s going to be able to assist people who might not have the funds that they need otherwise,” said Farmer.

Over the next four months, the meters will collect donations through spare change and a QR mobile code to help a different agency.

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Tim Harfmann joined the 10 News team in September 2020 and works at the station's Lynchburg bureau.