A 73 year-old man has collected pennies since the early 1970’s and he has finally taken them to the bank… You’ll never believe what his total was!
It takes a whole lot of discipline to steadily collect anything, let alone money for over 4 decades! I can imagine being low on money and thinking, “I have a huge jar full of coins! I’ll use those for whatever necessities I can get.” In fact, I’ve literally done that… several times.
But this man did not! For over 4 decades he collected every single penny he came across. Change from the store, a lucky penny on a sidewalk, change left behind in a soda machine, you name it, he saved it.
“I became convinced that spotting a lost or dropped penny was an additional God-given incentive reminding me to always be thankful,” Anders told Fox News. “There have been days where I failed to pray and more often than not, a lost or dropped penny would show up to remind me.”
Essentially, every penny Anders found on the ground was a sign of good luck from God. He wasn’t shy about his faith in the Lord and recognized the blessing – even if it only came in the form of a penny.
15 five-gallon water jugs filled to the brim with pennies were brought into the bank, but Anders left with a much lighter load – an extra $5,136.14 deposited into his bank account.
It isn’t clear as to why he chose this time to finally cash in his treasure but he did have a dental bill to pay. Maybe he felt after 15 five gallon containers have been filled it was time to see how much he has saved. Plus those dental bills can be pretty rough.
The story of Otha Anders’ penny collection is just so inspiring. Each one of those, over 500,000 pennies represents a prayer he said to God, simply thanking him. We all could be a little more grateful for the simple things. If this story inspired you, please share with someone else! Thank you!