Inspired to Make a Difference

Guest post by coin club Board Member, Bill Green – Six years ago at Christmas time I was watching a local 10 pm newscast. One of the stories featured a clothing drive called ‘One Warm Coat’. I was impressed with the success of the effort and even more so by the good this clothing drive was providing to our neediest of neighbors. Then it struck me. Our Contra Costa based coin club could and should do something. Perhaps because I spent my career in the food business I first thought of doing something ‘food related’.  The next day I happened to be in a supermarket and saw the Food Bank barrels. That’s all it took. At the club’s Board of Directors meeting in January I proposed that we donate a portion of the admission fees from our annual coin show. The Board unanimously agreed.

A couple of years later we invited the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano to provide a speaker at one of our monthly coin club meetings. The statistics the Food Bank representative shared with us were stunning. The number of hungry people especially kids is almost beyond belief. The number of meals provided locally by the Food Bank is inspiring. Every year since that presentation we include Food Bank Facts in our coin show program. Maybe our show attendees will be moved to help. The need is great and growing.

I hope everyone reading this will consider attending our coin show. It’s full of family fun but it has a serious side, too….helping the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano.

Join Bill and the Food Bank at the Contra Costa Coin and Collectible show October 13 – 10 am – 5:30 pm Oct. 14 – 10 am – 4 pm at the Crowne Plaza Hotel 45 John Glenn Dr.Concord. A portion of $3 admission benefits the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano at this fun and educational family outing! Visit for more info.


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