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August 30, 2013

Step Back in Time: Aug. 30, 2013

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25 years ago

Aug. 30, 1988

ONEONTA — Pennies. Everybody has them. They jingle in the bottom of our pocket. They pile up on top of dressers and in drawers and mayonnaise jars.

The chaplain program at Fox Memorial Hospital can use those pennies — lots of them. The chaplains are hoping for a mile of pennies — $10,560. ($2 in rolled pennies equals one foot.)

“Going the First Mile,” the chaplains call the program.

“The name came from a Biblical reference to helping people,” said the Rev. Richard Breuninger, one of the hospital’s chaplains. “We had to start somewhere. Let’s see if we can go the first mile, then we will go a second, doing even more.”

“Going the First Mile” was launched in May 1987 with the 10th anniversary of the chaplaincy service. Since then $1,320 has been donated. Most of the money has come from hospital staff members, patients and residents of the nursing home. Some of it has been in checks, bills and silver change, as well as pennies.

The pennies are put in rolls by residents of the Fox Hospital Nursing Home.

“The nursing home residents are anxious to help,” said Dorothy Harrington, nursing home chaplain.

Mrs. Harrington was appointed to coordinate the mile of pennies project in May.

“The money will be used to maintain the chaplaincy program,” she said. “A very small stipend is given to each chaplain. We also need funds to buy pamphlets to give people, and to buy books for a library. We would also like to offer seminars and educational programs open to the community,” she said.

The program was started by the Rev. Eugene Umberger, of Cobleskill. He was also the first chaplain.

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