We all thought that it was a fun idea as he truly has a hound dog nose for finding coins wherever we go; parking lots, isles of stores, parks, you name it, he will come up with at least a penny every time!
So in 1999 his project started and at the time we questioned him if he was going to do this for each grandchild, and how? His response was, "I will worry about that when it happens." Three years later Caitlyn was born and a third grandchild was on the way. Gary counted up the change that was in the bank and he had over $100!! So, he decided to start by buying a $50 savings bond for each of the grandkids and continued collecting "ground change" for the next one.
Here we are 11 years later, and so far he has collected enough money to buy savings bonds for Billy, Caitlyn, Tate and Connor. He is close to getting Addie's and then will start on Easton's and grandchild # 7 due next month! Now, even the grandkids are picking up "ground change" and saying they want to put it in Grandpa's piggy bank and asking who it is for now? How wonderful is that?
On each of the savings bond envelopes he has written their names with the date, stating that this is to be presented to them to use for college or their wedding:) How special is that for these kids to someday receive this gift from their grandpa? This will be a story I hope they will someday pass on to their children about "Grandpa's little piggy bank." Who knows, maybe they will do the same for their grandkids someday:)