In my house, quarters are precious.

When my kids do a chore, they earn a quarter. And when they want something at the store, instead of telling them yes or no, I tell them how many quarters it costs.

Quarters are powerful in my home. What about yours?

Have you ever considered that you can change someone’s day with a quarter?

One of my goals is to use this website to challenge all of us (especially myself) to find small ways to get out and serve. I’m going to give you small, simple ideas for things you can do to brighten someone else’s day. So here it is, our first project together as a group: the quarter challenge.

Your first assignment: Gather up some quarters.

Your second assignment: Go spread some sunshine.

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My kids and I have done this before. And let me tell you – it is AMAZING how much fun you can have giving quarters away. Do you have an Aldi nearby? Go at a busy time and put a quarter into someone else’s cart for them. You know those little machines in front of stores that are full of useless crap wonderful treats and treasures? Put a quarter in one and walk away – let a little kid discover it! Go somewhere with small coin-operated rides and tape quarters on it. Can you imagine the joy?!

Want to invest a little bit more? Here’s another idea that I’ve done before. Visit a hospital and tape quarters to the vending machines. (I use blue painter’s tape so it doesn’t make a sticky mess.) Then leave behind a note, saying something like … “I’m sorry you’re stuck in the hospital today. Have a snack on me! I hope it makes your day a little better.” Because have you spent time in a hospital waiting room? Yeah, me too. And I hate it. Can you imagine how awesome it would be to find something like that? And it doesn’t have to be a hospital – anywhere there’s a vending machine, there’s an opportunity to provide a little bit of sunshine for a stranger!

(Or if you want to get REALLY creative … Are you a baker? For 25 cents worth of flour, sugar, etc., you can make a few muffins and deliver them to a neighbor. Scrapbooker? Make a card and take it to a friend. I’d love to know what ideas you come up with!)

So if you’re willing to join me and accept the quarter challenge, I’d love it! And since this is my very first challenge and I’d love to celebrate, I’m going to be hosting a giveaway. If you win, I will donate $10 to the charity of your choice! And this is optional, but if you’d like to write a little guest post about the charity you choose to donate your winnings to, I’d love to share it with our community. Here’s how you can enter (each activity is worth one entry):

  • RSVP for the quarter challenge on this post
  • Share the quarter challenge on your Facebook page and/or Instagram account and include #thequarterchallenge in your comment
  • Comment on my Facebook page when you complete the challenge and share what you did with the rest of us
  • Post a picture on my Facebook page and/or Instagram account of you doing the quarter challenge (or just of where you left the quarter if you don’t feel comfortable sharing a picture of yourself)
  • Leave a note on your own Facebook page and/or Instagram account sharing what you did and include #thequarterchallenge
  • When you leave your quarter (or quarters) behind, include a small note telling the recipient about and the quarter challenge

Here’s the important technical part about the raffle – for each entry you earn, please leave a separate comment on this post (not on Facebook) and let me know what you did. For example, you can leave an RSVP right now (just leave a comment saying “I’m in!”). If you share it on Facebook or Instagram, write another comment and let me know you did so. And after you participate, report back.

So that’s it! The challenge will start today and end on Tuesday night. The winner will be randomly selected on Wednesday. So grab some quarters and go do some good today! And then come back and let us know how it went!

21 Comments on The Quarter Challenge

  1. This was so much fun! My post is on Facebook. Also, just for the record I had no idea that Julie and Katie Crockett were doing the same thing, I didn’t copycat I promise! 🙂

  2. I LOVE THIS. My husband is a youth director, and I’m thinking this is a great local mission / service that we can do. I can’t wait to get started.

    • I’m so glad to hear that! It’s a great activity because most people, even if money is tight, have a quarter to spare — and a quarter can truly impact someone’s day. 🙂 Thanks for commenting!

  3. This is a great idea! As someone currently on a limited income, I can’t afford to do this myself until my financial situation is more stable, but when it is I’d love to do something like this. In the meantime, I appreciate all the help I can get and a quarter can go a long way, so finding one lying around is awesome! My son likes them just because their shiny, lol he’d be happy with pennies. He doesn’t understand their value yet but shiny pennies are just as appreciated from him, lol.

    • Thanks for commenting! If you’d like to do something like this, you can still leave notes behind in random places for people to find. If I were sick and buying some medicine, I’d be so tickled to find a “Get Well Soon” note taped on the back. 🙂 Thank you for coming by!