Penny Drive Collects Hundreds for Habitat for Humanity Project 

Catherine Pegram

More than $6,000 has been collected for a family in Eastbrook working to move into a new home built through Habitat for Humanity. Hundreds of dollars of that came in the form of pennies.Construction stopped on the Rumill family home when someone stole copper pipes from the project last month. But some students in Sullivan, Winter Harbor and Bar Harbor started a “Copper for Copper” penny drive to help out. The Jackson Laboratory hosted a benefit concert. And a number of area businesses donated copper piping, building materials, appliances, furniture and heating oil. In all, more than $3,300 in donations came in and a matching grant doubled that money. Construction is back on, too, and the goal is to get the Rumills moved into their new home by August.