Commend U.S. Government For Donating Loose Change

Money Left Behind at Airports to be Donated to Charity

Target: Rep. John Boehner, Speaker of the House, United States House of Representatives

Goal: Thank the United States House of Representative for voting to donate the loose change collected by airport security to charity

When people travel, personal belongings often get lost and left behind. When passing through airport security, millions of people forget to pick up the loose pocket change they have to take out and put into the bins to be scanned. While each person might only leave a few pennies or a couple nickels behind, this money adds up quick. Just ask the Transportation Security Agency – this year they collected a combined $500,000 left behind by passengers.

Up until now, the money collected has been going to pay for airport security. But recently the United States House of Representatives voted to change this policy. This money will now go to nonprofits working to benefit our military men and women and their families. This decision is similar to the decision made by President Obama earlier this year when he signed an act to donate clothing left at airports to charities that clothe homeless or low-income veterans and their families.

Thank the United States House of Representatives for using this loose change to make real change, helping military workers and their families.


Dear Representative John Boehner,

We would like to thank you and the United States House of Representatives for voting to donate the loose change left behind in security bins at airports to nonprofits who aid United States military personnel and their families. The change left behind by each person is not a significant amount, but when combined the total sum of change left at American airports is staggering. $500,000 is not a huge amount of money when compared to an operating budget, but it is a considerable amount of money for the charities that will receive it in order to finance their work helping improve the lives of the military personnel and their families.

Previously the Transportation Security Administration has been using this money to fund their own programs. But you and the United States House of Representatives made the right decision by voting to donate the money to charity instead. The people whose lives are affected by this decision will be very grateful. The people who left this money behind probably do not even remember leaving it behind. If they do realize they left it behind, they will not miss the pennies, nickels, and dimes. But these pennies add up quickly and will make a huge difference to the people benefited by these charities. Thank you for your decision.


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