When a story about Kylen Rowland collecting pennies ran in the Citizen Patriot a month ago, the fourth-grader at Frost Elementary School never dreamed her efforts would get such a boost.
She has been given 20,665 pennies since then. One person anonymously left a jug filled with 4,950 pennies outside the sanctuary doors at First Baptist Church, where her mother, the Rev. Gretchen Sanewsky, is pastor.
Kylen is now at 72 percent of her goal of raising 486,400 pennies, the number of poor children in Michigan. She got the idea after seeing reports of all the sad children who were losing their homes because of the economy.