Do you know where the name March of Dimes comes from? According to the March of Dimes web site, in 1938 FDR created the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis to fund research for a vaccine for polio. A comedian named Eddie Cantor asked his radio listeners to send their dimes directly to the White House and created the phrase March of Dimes. The Foundation changed its name to March of Dimes in 1979.
Almost 60 years later the March of Dimes has changed their focus from children with polio to premature births. (1 in 8 babies born in the US are premature). Now they collect dimes to fund research and public education about prematurity.
Recently, they launched a new campaign called, "Be a Coin Star!" Supporters are asked to take a photo of where they keep their change and upload it to the Be a Coin Star Flickr group. Starting October 24th at 3 PM the photo with the most votes will be the daily Coin Star winner and highlighted on their web site.
There aren't too many photos up yet so if you have your coins stored in a fun container, take a photo and send it to their group. Give 'em a little Flickr love. READ MORE