Hello! Welcome to The Caring Coins.
In our unsettled world, we may wonder if we can make a difference…The good news is…We can make a difference…One person at a time…with a simple act of caring.
The Caring Coin is a simple, tangible reminder of caring and connection. This little wooden coin somehow brings a feeling of comfort…belonging…hope.
Perhaps it’s the wood…the wood is warm and smooth and of the earth. Perhaps it’s the messages…You are never alone. You matter.
The Caring Coins began with a dream Salley Gibney had 15 years ago and since that dream over 176,300 Vermont crafted wooden Caring Coins have been shared around the world with children, adults, our troops, survivors of hurricanes, fires, shootings, bullying and everyday people facing everyday challenges.
Each time a Caring Coin is shared, a little magic happens…We invite you to share the magic.
Most recently, the Caring Coins have been shared with immigrant children, women and men at our southern border to remind them that they are not alone…someone cares…they matter.
On October 6th, Salley Gibney traveled to Arizona with 1300 Caring Coins with cards signed by *students and adults who wanted the immigrants to know they care. Salley accompanied Shura Wallin and the Green Valley Sahuarita Samaritans as they reached out to the immigrants in many humanitarian ways.
“Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope…those ripples build a current which can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.”
“We are all in this together…”
This song by Joseph Wooten, of the Steve Miller Band, reminds each of us that we are part of the human family. As we respect ourselves, we are better able to respect each other. As we face the challenges in our lives, we can better understand what someone else may be facing in their life.
Caring is Contagious!!!
Read how the Caring Coins have been shared…
Children and Youth
Abby’s Story about bullying and how she shared “I matter, You matter, Let’s Start the Conversation” at her school illustrates how it worked…
YANAF and the Bennington County Coalition for the Homeless partnered to bring awareness to homelessness through discussion in schools, churches, businesses…
The Caring Coin began with a dream Salley Gibney had 15 years ago about a wooden coin with an angel and the message, “You are never alone.”
“Although perplexed by this dream, something inside of me knew that I had to follow this dream and bring this little coin to fruition. My hope in sharing the story of the Caring Coins is to inspire each of us to tap into the best of ourselves, remember each one of us matters and share a message of caring.”
“I am also hoping to encourage others to follow their dreams. I could never have come up with this little coin had it not been for my dream.” *
*Dreams are gifts meant to stretch our capabilities.
They beckon us to new heights. They lend direction to our lives. They are not happenstance; they are part of our destiny. Our dreams reflect the contribution we are called on to make in this life.
Think about that!
Do you have a dream or a passion? It may be something that comes to you fleetingly. It might be whimsical, whatever. You must follow your dream, even if it is just a little bit at a time. You owe it to yourself. Life is a process of steps. Take one step at a time…Just continue to climb.
Did You Know?
The very biggest, best gift we can give to anyone is the gift of ourselves…whether it’s our spouse, partner, children, parents, grandparents, sisters, brothers, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, friends or perhaps someone we haven’t met yet.
It’s as simple as:
spending time with your loved ones
saying a kind word to someone who looks up to you
giving someone a hug
saying “I love you” to your loved ones
really listening and hearing what someone has to tell you
sharing a smile, a wave, or a loving text with someone
Sometimes just acknowledging someone can make a huge difference. The hardest part of being alone or homeless is the feeling of being invisible. “People pass you by without even acknowledging that you are there.”
We show our children by our example that thinking of others not only benefits someone else but benefits us as well. We are all part of the “Human Family.” We can make a difference one act of caring at a time.