Mount Vernon Man Trying to Raise $1Million in Pennies

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By Kelli Sutterman

MOUNT VERNON, Wash. (AP) — A man is trying to raise $1 million — in pennies — to help needy families in Mount Vernon.

The Skagit Valley Herald reports Rand O'Donnell has already raised more than $4,000 for the "Mountain of Hope" fund.

He recently used a wheelbarrow to deposit 56,600 pennies — $566 — at the north Coast Credit Union. The load weighed more than 300 pounds.

O'Donnell hopes the fund will generate enough interest income to provide a steady source of revenue for the Skagit County Community Action Agency, which helps families with emergency food, fuel and clothing.

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