Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Denver invents the pushka

New horizons in charitable giving. From cbs4denver.com:
The city of Denver has recycled old parking meters to help in the fight against homelessness.

The old parking meters have been placed at various locations in downtown, including Skyline Park.

The idea is to encourage people to put the money into the parking meters instead of giving to panhandlers. Money raised from the meters will go to organizations fighting homelessness.

Mayor John Hickenlooper said the city's 10 year plan to end homelessness is working.

"Denver's 10 year plan to end homelessness, what we call Denver's road home, has really become a national model," Hickelooper said. "I think we've had the greatest success in getting the whole community to buy in, to believe this is something we can tackle as a community."
Great name. It even seems to have two spellings.
Officials unveiled 36 of the homeless meters on Monday.

The money will be used by several organizations to provide meals, job training, substance abuse counseling and housing to the homeless.[...]
It is only a matter of time before someone realizes that they could make smaller versions suitable for placement in people's homes. And they don't even have to be parking meters. (Hat Tip: Drudge)

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