Feel-Good Story of the Year: Hanna's Penny Project

Sudbury teen's project to aid the U.S. military was a success with more than $1K raised.

Hanna Fitzgerald wanted to make a difference one cent at a time.

And what a difference she made.

After all was said and done and the last penny wad dropped in the coin machine at Salem Five in Sudbury, Hanna ended up with more than 100,000 pennies ... $1022.00 to be exact.

“This is the largest donation our 4th Amphibian Tractors have ever received,” said Al Petro, 87, a WWII Veteran. “This is wonderful, especially coming from someone two generations behind us. I wanted to sit outside my local supermarket in New Jersey and collect for the reunion, but my wife and kids said I needed a permit, a license, permission, etc., so I didn’t do it. This young girl posts for donations in her local paper, online news and Facebook, and ends up with an incredible donation in pennies.” 

Among the local businesses that helped Hannah were:

  • American Legion
  • Koko FitClub
  • Sudbury Swim & Tennis
  • Salem Five
  • Kleen & Green
  • MetroWest Colonial Football team
  • Longfellow’s Wayside Inn.

When Hanna was asked what her next project would be, she replied: “Not sure, but whatever it is, it will be for dollars. The pennies were too heavy to carry.”

ted fitzgerald December 30, 2012 at 12:43 AM
Yeah Hanna!!!
Erich Waible December 30, 2012 at 09:43 AM
What a great story, and what a great person Hanna is!
Roberta Fitzgerald December 30, 2012 at 02:34 PM
Thanks Erich!! Happy New Year:)
gretchen gainer December 30, 2012 at 03:11 PM
Great job Hanna! So proud of you!
Gary Diomede December 30, 2012 at 08:51 PM
Great job, Hanna. You have a wonderful Mom and Dad and you are making them proud. Keep it up.


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