Man Collects Pennies For 45 Years - His Reason For Doing So Is Inspiring

Some of the most tried and tested financial advice emphasizes the power of time and discipline. While usually in reference to investment strategies, one man has taken this advice to heart and has adopted a phenomenal saving habit. Since the early 1970’s, a 73-year-old man named Otha Anders has been collecting and saving pennies. Whether Mr. Anders found the pennies on the ground or received a handful of change after a purchase, he would always save them, keeping them in water jugs at his home. The penny-saving projects became an ingrained habit for the man and now, 45 years later, Mr. Anders has counted out a phenomenal sum of money.

While the first-time Mr. Anders found a penny on the ground wasn’t a big deal, it soon became a symbol of his faith and gratitude. In an interview with Fox News, Mr. Anders explained his life-long project, saying: “I became convinced that spotting a lost or dropped penny was an additional God-given incentive reminding me to always be thankful. There have been days where I failed to pray and more often than not, a lost or dropped penny would show up to remind me.”

When Mr. Anders finally decided to deposit his hard-won pennies at the bank, he needed some assistance from friends and family to load the 15 water jugs into his car. When the elderly man arrived at his local bank at Ruston, Louisiana, the bank teller was stunned by the sheer amount of small change. The bank’s Vice President, Jennie Cole, spoke about the amazing incident, saying: “We value his business, as we do all of our customers…But if we can help Anders with his endeavors, we are happy to do so.” After a long period of coin counting, Mr. Anders would walk away from the bank with an extra $5136.14 in his bank account.

Despite depositing his huge collection of pennies, Mr. Anders’ faith in Jesus has not been diminished, telling News Star that “Whenever I would see a penny, I would say a prayer of thanks. It was a reminder to me to always be thankful.”

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