Coins for the Cabinet
Your spare change can make a big difference for those in need
When you look between your couch cushions and under your car seats, you're likely to find prescriptions, eyeglasses and medical supplies disguised as loose change. Those forgotten pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters can add up to emergency medical assistance for people in need.
Give a Little, Help a Lot
That's the idea behind Kansas City's Medicine Cabinet's Coins for the Cabinet campaign, which encourages donations of spare change to help provide emergency medical assistance all over the city. Every bit of every coin donated pays for dental care, diabetic supplies, prescription medicine, vision care, and other emergency health care needs for low-income, underinsured and uninsured Kansas City-area residents.
During the November, 2013 Coins for the Cabinet campaign, people dropped off their loose change at the customer service counter of any local Hy-Vee grocery store. They also donated by clicking on the "Contribute" button at the top of this page.
It doesn't take much to make a big difference in the lives of people faced with medical expenses they can't afford. For example:
- $25 covers a pair of crutches
- $60 provides a starter diabetic kit
- $101 covers a dental exam and tooth extraction
- $129 pays for a doctor's exam and a pair of eyeglasses
- $150 supplies prescription medicine
Kids Collecting for the Cause
During the first annual campaign, students at four area schools supported the Coins for the Cabinet goal through special activities planned for the week of the campaign. Using girls-vs-boys contests and incentives such as jeans days, schools encouraged students to have fun while contributing as much change as they could spare.
The Medicine Cabinet thanks the following schools for their participation in the 2013 campaign:
- Academie Lafayette (Cherry and Oak Street)
- University Academy
- Roesland Elementary
- Spring Hill High School