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Man donates 47 years of spare change to Salvation Army

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SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Usually when people donate to the Salvation Army, they toss whatever spare change they have into one of the iconic Red Kettles. But in one Onondaga County man's case, that meant dropping off a few hundred pounds of coins Saturday.

Hank Fust's granddaughters helped him donate the rolled quarters, dimes, nickels and pennies he and his wife saved up during their 47 years of marriage. He says the collection started out as a spare change jar and turned into more than 300 pounds of money.

Fust says he was inspired to make the donation after attending the Salvation Army's Annual Civic Luncheon.

"As I sat there listening, one of the speakers said, 'Take the change from your pocket and make change happen.' And I said, 'Well, I've got some change.' So I went home and spoke with my wife and said, 'You know, we could really do this and make change happen if we want to.' And that was what we wanted to do," said Fust, a founding partner of the CPA firm Fust Charles Chambers LLP.

Fust estimates the coins add up to a donation of about $3,500.

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