A campaign to reduce downtown panhandling while giving donors a place to deposit spare change has brought in about $1,000 so far.
Fourteen parking meters, repurposed as “giving meters,” were installed over the summer on Springfield sidewalks frequented by panhandlers. The goal was to provide people inclined to help the needy an alternative way of doing so.
KOLR-TV reports the Community Foundation of the Ozarks will divide the $1,000 donated among four organizations that serve the homeless, including the Salvation Army.
The meters were decorated and painted by Springfield area artists, including art students at Drury University and Missouri State University.