STEPHENVILLE In his 53 years, Clayton Madore loved collecting pennies and now his family is carrying out a collection in his memory.
Geneva Walsh, Clayton’s sister, said her brother Jerry Madore is carrying out the collecting and associated work, such as rolling the change and depositing it into an account.
The money collected will be donated to the Children’s Wish Foundation and Walsh said the Madore family is hoping to make it a big donation. Already, they’ve deposited $1,170 and would like to add to that total up to the time of the donation, which will take place on Dec. 17, 2012, which marks the first anniversary of Clayton’s passing.
Walsh said an awful lot of people knew Clayton and despite being mentally challenged, he would get around and visit friends.
“If he met somebody, then he knew that person for life as he had a wonderful memory,” she said.
Clayton would also give people a friendly wave as they passed by, especially near the family home on West Street.
Walsh said this will be a one-time fundraiser and since pennies are no longer being minted and going out of circulation, the family feels this would be a good place for them in Clayton’s memory and helping out a good charity in the process.
Of course, the fundraiser will also accept other coin or even paper bills. Donations can be dropped off to Jerry at 14 West St. in Stephenville or arrangements can be made to pick up donations in the Stephenville area by calling Jerry at 643-2455 or Geneva at 643-3472.