Spare Change Makes Real Change

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There’s a lot of change in Stockton from construction, to renovations, to new businesses, but even with all those changes some things stay the same; like the issue of homelessness.

One of the most common things a homeless person will ask for is spare change. Downtown Stockton Alliance operations manager, Nick Trulsson, said while we may feel pressured to give it’s not a good idea. “Most of the times the money’s spent on things that don’t help their situation,” he said.

One of the Spare Change vs. Real Change meters inside the new Juice It Up in Stockton.

So instead, the Alliance wants to turn that spare change into real change. They’ve taken six parking meters, painted them bright colors, and strategically placed them in businesses downtown.

“The idea is to catch people, draw them in, have them read up on the program, and directly donate to programs that help the homeless,” explained Trulsson. “They’re really places where you’re going to be spending money at a register and have spare change when you turn around. So instead of giving to a panhandler outside you can drop your spare change in these meters.”

If it doesn’t seem like much, just know the spare change can add up.

“In just in a few short months we’ve gotten over $300,” said Trulsson, “At the end of the year we’ll collect and donate it to four non-profits.”

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