Subject: Change for Good
Don and Linda have given their permission for us to tell you about UNICEF's Change for Good program.

Would you like to do some good in the world at virtually no cost?

Change for GoodŽ (CFG) is a partnership between international air carriers and UNICEF, the United Nations Children's Fund. CFG is designed to redeem normally unused foreign currency by converting passengers' foreign change into lifesaving materials and services for the world's neediest children. This partnership has raised over US$27 million over the last ten years.

Most of us return from our trips with an assortment of coins rattling around our pockets and luggage: rappen, francs, lire. Yes, we made sure to stop at the exchange office at the airport on the way home and turn in our banknotes for US dollars. But how many coins do we have left? And what will we do with them?

If you're like most of us you'll clean out your pockets and bags when you get home and dump the change into a drawer. The odds are good the coins will still be there when your traveling days are ended. Benefiting no one.

More than a dozen airlines will ask their passengers returning to the US if they'd like to turn over their coins to benefit CFG. Please, do this if you're invited to participate. You can be assured that funds collected will be transferred to UNICEF.

If your airline does not participate, or if you missed the opportunity earlier, you may send your spare foreign coins (and banknotes) to:

Travelex America Attn: Jessica Lynch Change for GoodŽ for UNICEF JFK Airport Terminal 4 IAT Jamaica, NY 11430

(That's the foreign exchange shop at the International Arrivals Terminal if you happen to be at the airport.)

If you're traveling to Europe in 2001: Euro coins and banknotes will replace all present national currencies in twelve European countries at the beginning of 2002. Those lire, francs and schillings you've saved won't be usable by, or before, the middle of 2002. Make them useful by giving them to CFG. Yes, probably you'll be able to turn them in for euros, through a bureaucratic process, when you return to Europe. But we've always found exchanging outdated currency in Europe, which has happened a lot, takes so long that most visitors are stuck with the old money. Don't let your money go to waste ... use it to help kids now.

You can find more info on the program at these links:

Ed and Julie