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Donate Leftover Foreign Coins and Change to Unicef - Right on the Airplane!

Get rid of change and do your heart good

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What to do with that leftover foreign change?

You may also want to read: Top 5 Ways to Spend Foreign Coins

Leftover travel money isn't much of a problem in student travel -- most students are on a tight budget and every last bill gets spent abroad. You inevitably forget to spend a few foreign coins tucked in a passport holder or backpack, though -- or you may come home with foreign coins in your pocket after getting change from that last bus ride to the airport. What to do with those leftover foreign coins?

Change for Good - Give Foreign Coins to Unicef on the Plane

You can save leftover foreign coins for your next trip -- I recently tried to spend some pesos in Mexico left over from another trip, though, that had been taken out of circulation. The same may be true of currency from countries that have gone Euro.

A traveler I know tosses foreign coins into his yard after a trip; kiddie visitors have fun hunting for the treasure.

Those are two ideas -- you can also donate foreign coins to Unicef's Change for Good® program, or read Top 5 Ways to Spend Leftover Foreign Coins.

Unicef partners with several airlines in the Change for Good® program -- if you've foreign coins in your pocket after travel, simply donate them to Unicef on the plane with these carriers:

  • Aer Lingus
  • Alitalia
  • All Nippon Airways (ANA)
  • American Airlines
  • Asiana Airlines
  • Cathay Pacific
  • Finnair
  • JAL
  • Qantas

Drop your foreign coins into Unicef envelopes available on board; flight attendants will collect them and Unicef will use the change to benefit children globally. A few euros add up fast: Unicef has raised more than $53 million through the Change for Good program since 1991.

Give away those foreign coins -- get rid of leftover change and do your heart good.

"You can't appreciate home till you've left it, money till it's spent...nor Old Glory till you see it hanging on a broomstick on the shanty of a consul in a foreign town."
--O. Henry

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