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  • Fountain’s coins make wishes come true at Pippin Funeral Home

  • Local businesses add to the collection of loose change in the Pippin Funeral Home’s fountain that was donated to Make-A-Wish.

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  • When customers come out of Witt Brothers Market in downtown Wyoming they often flip their change over the fence into the fountain in front Pippin Funeral Home. Those pennies, quarters and dimes have added up to a $3,000 donation to the Make-A-Wish Foundation of the Mid-Atlantic.

    After more than a year of collecting coins, owner Larry Pippin pulled out nearly $360 and matched that amount. He then went to area businesses for extra support.

    “I’m hoping next year the fountain will support itself,” he said. “I think once people realize how pennies can turn into dollars, it will keep going.”

    Pippin said with a smile he wanted to let people know the money in the fountain isn’t going into his retirement.

    When the fountain was built approximately a year and a half ago, Pippin signed a letter of intent with Make-A-Wish and put a sign out that let people know where the change is going. He said the cause of Make-A-Wish plays well with the notice of the fountain granting wishes like a wishing well.

    Pippin Funeral Director Raymond Johnson said often when people see the sign and understand the money is for Make-A-Wish, he’ll see them dig into their pockets.

    Pippin has been surprised how many people have gotten into the habit of putting their change into the fountain. It was a pleasant surprise for Witt Brothers Market owner Terry Witt to hear that, too. He was one of the business owners who donated extra money and said he didn’t realize what people did with their change once out of the store.

    Witt gave a donation because not only are the Pippins good friends and neighbors of theirs but also because Make-A-Wish is such a great cause.

    “The children are so vulnerable and in many cases the wish is their last one,” he said. “I can’t think of anything more worthy.”

    Pippin said he sent out letters to local businesses asking for help and in a few cases the businesses agreed to match the $360, like he did.

    John Zimmerman, general manager of Jen-Mor Florist Inc., said they decided to contribute money from Jen-Mor because it was one request they couldn’t bypass. Even in tough economic times when they can’t do much donating, Make-A-Wish remains at the top of their list because it’s such a worthy cause.

    Donna Ratledge of Make-A-Wish, who was on hand to accept the check, said donations are important because once a child with a life-threatening medical condition qualifies the foundation doesn’t turn any away. In addition, the whole wish is often supported from beginning to end with donations from airline tickets to limo rides.

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