Coin Stories

I was able to hold the lovely coin that Maria gave me for two months. It sat on my desk, reminding me that friendship is a gift and that I should mindful and thankful of the friends in my life. Maria is one of those friends. Although I have not known her long, she has made a profound impact on my life. Her energy, positive thinking, and wisdom are the things I value the most, and her willingness to SHOW UP in life. Given who I am, the work I do (social justice speaking and writing, and recent health needs, having someone who shows up-without question and without judgement, is so important. Maria is one of those rare people in my life.

So, to honor Maria, I passed the butterfly onto one of my oldest friends this past weekend. Mari Jon and I have known each other for over forty years. I could say a lot about what we've done in those forty years, but I'd need a ton more room. Instead, I'll say that MJ has always shown up-literally and figuratively in those four decades. We have been young together, challenged together, silly together, mothers together, and now graciously aging (somewhat on the aging) women together. At a critical point in my younger life, she helped me journey through a difficult relationship and was there the moment I said "come and get me", as I finally gathered the strength to leave. I can tell her anything and know that she will respond, if needed, out of love, caring, and grace. And, she knows when to just listen and honor my experience.
Like Maria, MJ was a very early and constant supporter when I recovered from knee replacement surgery. Maria and MJ both held my hand during PT sessions (where I cried and cried out), sat and kept me company, and brought me food and gifts that helped me recover. MJ lives about 90 minutes away. I call seeing her "therapy", because she always gives me energy, courage, and perspective needed to move forward. We laugh a lot together. We've cried, but less often. I know MJ will be there until the end, and for that I am thankful.
This past weekend I met MJ at one of our favorite coffee shops in her town. As we ordered and admired the FABULOUS cakes and baked goods in the case, I discreetly added a gift certificate to my check. MJ can now enjoy coffee and treats this summer. I look forward to having her in my life as we enter the fall of our years.

I brought my mom an unexpected lunch and she gave me this beaut!

Let the fun begin.

I bought this coin in Polson, MT to pass on to a dear friend. Hope it reminds her she is thought of with love and that God's blessings are always with her. Jeanne S.

Gave this coin to my BFF with a match pair of earrings. ❤️

In honor of Aunt Nancy, I am volunteering tomorrow to help immigrants complete their paperwork to apply for citizenship. Update: assisted two individuals from Afghanistan and two from Burma to complete their applications.

7/11/19 - I passed this coin on to Cheryl Voight for all her hard work as our newest employee. Cheryl has gone above and beyond the normal job duties and we greatly appreciate everything she does!

3/26/19 - I received this coin from Natalie Colvin after a wonderful lunch where we got to know each other even better.

I gratefully received this beautiful Ulysses coin in Gibsonville, NC, for Valentines Day 2019 from one of my oldest and dearest friends, Linda. Her random act of kindness in sending it to me warmed my heart! I've kept it with me for 5 months, enjoying its beauty and savoring meaning, taking it to Boston, MA (twice), Myrtle Beach, SC, Spain, France, England and Craigville, Cape Cod, MA. I'm now letting it go to fly on with a lovely new friend, Amy, who I met this week at a theological colloquy on Cape Cod, MA. Having cared for many with great kindness throughout her life, I sense that she's ready to begin some wonderful new adventures and enter into a process of metamorphosis that will bring her much joy! I wish her well, with love!
Rebecca 🦋❤

I’m not sure who the loving person was that took the time to help with my lawn, but as a full time student and working a full time job and taking care of a special needs dog and a grandparent - I cannot thank you enough. It was such a huge surprise to come home to and it made me cry happy tears. I can’t wait to pass on the good deed. Thank you for your love.

This coin is starting out in York Pa.

I was introduced to the Butterfly coins by a wonderful lady named Fran. Fran always brought a smile to my face, I very much enjoyed meeting her. I carried the coin in my purse as I gave considerable thought to who I would pass the coin to, I wanted to honor someone as I had been honored. I pass the Butterfly coin to my niece, Crystal Crawford. Crystal is a nurse and the best advocate a patient could have. She displays compassion, empathy, and patience. She is ethical and moral in providing service to all patients. She sees only the person in front of her, not race, culture, or gender. Crystal is an inspiration to all who know her, especially her daughter, Shelby. She is beautiful both inside and out, and has a pure loving heart. I love her tremendously. Jo Anne Ross, Burton, MI

We received this beautiful coin from our Goddaughter and her family at a dinner party we hosted for them. It was a Bon Voyage & Good Luck dinner. Their daughter, Abby, was about to compete in the World Jump Rope Championships - Oslo Fjord, Norway. We hope having had this coin brings her luck. It is such a lovely gift and we will be passing it on to dear friends in Cambridge, Ontario who are always doing kind things for us and for people around the world. We are currently looking after their Bichons while they attend an out-of-town wedding and will give it to them upon their return. It will be interesting to follow its' journey.

I received this coin with a beautiful note from my friend and former colleague, Bev and was taken back by her perception of me and my battle with breast cancer. After reading that note, I knew this coin needed to make it to someone special who always gives hope to others but who sure could use a little hope of her own.
I hope that Shawn shares her story here with all of you because it is so powerful and I hope that this coin brings her a little bit of love and a lot of hope.

I ordered this coin, because i love Monarchs and what they represent. I cant wait to see how far this will go, and how much kindness this gets.

Received from my MIL for my 42nd birthday. Thank you! Took a while waiting for the right person to pass this on to. Passing on to my coworker for her birthday as she will appreciate the message behind the coin.

This beautiful coin is a gift from an employee, who hopes that someday it will travel the globe when upstream friends thoughtfully pass it on. The attached art is a work in progress by my husband. We all look forward to tracking this coin's journey!

Mom & I found this butterfly hanging out in a tree on one of the most scenic college campuses 🌲🦋🌲 she was nestled in with a beautiful blue marble and we will have fun deciding where she will fly to next.

I was given this coin at a conference in Louisville, KY, as a thank you for being a volunteer photographer for the American College of Apothecaries and the American College of Veterinary Pharmacists.

I received this coin from my mom after she helped me after my new house purchase. My husband was working out of town at the time. She helped me paint, clean, rearrange, and clean again. She was here for me when I couldn't be to meet with and supervise the contractors and tradesmen that needed to be let in early or out late. She came over to help every day for months. She was my encourager and motivator when I was so tired of the mess of remodeling. 5 months later my husband arrived home to see a totally different house! She helped me turn this house into a home for my family. I love her and appreciate her more than words can say.

I was given this coin in my hospital bed by my mom for being strong, staying positive, and toughening out my hospital stay. I think this is an amazing concept and i already know who I’m passing it onto. I can’t wait to see where this coin goes and all the amazing people who receive it!

I received this coin from a dear friend, Idabel Johnson and have not passed it on as yet.

The Story of Kuehl Rocks on the Raccoon River Valley Trail June 2019. William John Kuehl and Christina Maria Hansen both came to the United States in the early 20th Century from northern Germany. They met in Chicago, Illinois and were married there in 1913. They came to central Iowa and began farming. In the 1940s, they were able to purchase their farm on Greenbrier Creek in northern Guthrie County, Iowa. William and Christina had three sons and five grandchildren.

Today, in 2019, that farm is bordered by the Raccoon River Valley Trail, a rail trail used by cyclists, hikers, and cross country skiers. In 2015, the three remaining grandchildren, began a project to honor their grandparents. Over the next three years, they put a bench rock near the bridge over Greenbrier Creek, a landmark rock, two bicycle racks, and a cedar mailbox as a library for free books and post cards for travelers of the trail. The spot overlooks beautiful Iowa farmland and visitors can sit on the rock and watch farming in three seasons, watch birds and wildlife, read a book from the library, or meditate. It has become a spiritual spot for many.

In 2018, the three grandchildren began a Monarch butterfly Waystation at Greenbrier Creek which will be increased each year with Sullivant milkweed to nourish Monarchs on their yearly migration from Mexico to Canada. This Waystation is registered with MonarchWatch.org and is #19242.

The three grandchildren, now all in their 70s, purchased 15 coins in 2019 to honor the memories of their grandparents and growing up in the 1950s and 1960s in Iowa. These coins will be awarded to special people who do unusual things and the Cousins will follow the coins' stories on this website through the years.

I bought this coin as a gift for my amazing cousin, Janelle, who is an overcomer and an encourager of so many people, so she can start it on its journey of hope.

I was very surprised and happy to receive this coin from my neighbor, Sandi. I did not realize how much I influenced her interest in Monarch butterflies. I planted a butterfly garden in my yard and I love watching the butterflies that it attracts. I really get excited when I see a Monarch! I'm anxious to add the milkweed seeds that Sandi gave me to my yard. I will be sharing this coin with another butterfly lover!

First location of purchaser - Saxton, Pa. 16678 - Bedford Country - USA

~ Sandi Kruise and Kyli Kruise

I had wondered for many years why it was a rare occurrence to see Monarch Butterflies in my area (Saxton, Pa. 16678). I had made a post on facebook about the lack of siting these beautiful creatures, and a nice neighbor by the name of Shirley, gave me some insight to the dilemma. The lack of Milk Weed in my area isn't what it used to be, so last Fall my daughter, Kyli, went out in search of this plant and to my surprise, we found quite a few and just at the right time of year. They were in seed!! We gathered about a half of a grocery bag full of the opened pods and brought them home. My daughter and I plan on planting them near the creek in our yard, this weekend. I was so infatuated with bringing these butterflies back to Bedford County, Pa, so I bought 2 Monarch Butterfly Coins plus a gift box. I wanted to keep a coin for myself and give one away. Of course I gave the one to my neighbor lady in the gift box since she was the one who inspired me to spread the word on the lack of these butterflies in our area and had also give her a zip lock bag of the Milk Weed Seeds my daughter and I gathered last year. I hope she can find the time to plant them as well as share the Monarch Butterfly Coin with a friend or family member who will continue to forward it to see how far we can spread the news! <3

~ Sandi and Kyli

As a butterfly flies from place to place so does this coin. His new travel experience is across the Mississippi and into Davenport, Iowa and the home of LuAnn Sharp. As LuAnn goes through a very difficult time may this adventure bring a smile to her life. She is a very creative person who loves the outdoors and has the most beautiful habitat for natures wonders. Our families have been friends for many years and we have watched her children grow from birth to be successful young adults. This is another fun way for us to share a new experience together. LuAnn is a retired teacher and used her wisdom to lead so many young people down the right path. Including myself by encouraging me with the strength to return to teaching after being a stay at home Mom. Onward together tracking our butterflies adventures.

Martha McCormick passed the Butterfly Coin to me. My act of kindness was sending a wig to my Cousin in MA who recently lost her hair. She has been fighting Sarcoma cancer for many years. I then passed on the Butterfly Coin to Jessica Melchior. Jessica is a Breast Cancer Survivor. Jessica has been involved with To Life for many years.

At the Rite aide pharmacy in Lake Stevens, Washington today, I asked the girl taking prescriptions if I could have the key to the restroom. She said I would have to go to the front desk to get it. I had an injured hip and didn't want to make the walk so I said never mind. In less than a minute she came running up to me and gave me the key. And she acted like it was the best thing she had done all day. I could see that doing kindnesses for people was an automatic reaction for her so I gave her this coin. I told her she could follow the rules of the program or do what I did.
I am more comfortable giving the coins to someone who selflessly goes the extra mile for someone than following the rules of the program and giving it to someone I do something for. Maybe acknowledging her good deed was my good dead.

The coin went deep sea fishing off the coast of St. Lucie, FL over the weekend!

I received this coin from Jack-Rob and Mike two of my favorite people!
OH! also Duke and Maggie
Love you guys

This coin was now given to Gail Mellinger, Case Manager. Gail has shown so much compassion for the patients she cares for by ensuring their transitions from the hospital to the next level of care are appropriate and that they have all their needs met.

6/23/18 - Jenelle has put so much love into a new community ministry - "Embrace Waynesboro." This includes: secret boutique, computer lab, community garden, salon, worship center, school supplies, and more.

Correction this coin did not go to texas. Not sure what happened. 🤦‍♀️

Thanks kim! Sorry took so long to share the coin. Lol. We are sharing our coin with my coworker and friend Felicia. She is amazing and hilarious. Always there for everyone and will be sure to pass this coin along to someone great :) cant wait to see where it goes!

I am sharing my first coin with my son-in-law Tim. His legacy from his mom, Nancy, is a shining example of kindness. Tim is the epitome of this uplifting trait and all who know him become beneficiaries.

Received this from my good friend Vicki. My buddy from high school and its been 40 plus years. Faithful wonderful Vicki. Thank you for the butterfly. Beautiful like you!

Thank you Mickey,
i will bring the coin to switzerland this fall

This coin took flight in Salina, Kansas on June 20, 2019.
It was given to Dr. James Hardy, Interim Superintendent at USD #305 for two years. He provided a positive guidance and a generous spirit to our district. We are most grateful and have a renewed confidence in our future.
Nedra Elbl, President USD#305

Given to me by one of my dearest friends; author Trish Avery. Stayed with me until I could think of a suitable person to give it to. Jayde has danced since he was 3, and is 10 now. I've watched him grow and learn, and be disciplined by an amazing teacher, Wendy Peckins. She has been through so many obstacles, but keeps going for the children. The patience she has, and a warriors spirit, but yet a gentleness that comes through for her students. They all love her, we as parents love her, she deserves the butterfly.

I received this coin at a Compassionate town hall meeting in Ridgefield, CT. I love it! I want to make sure I pass it along and follow its journey!

Very soon this butterfly will be given to my Sister Peggy when she comes to visit me and we go to Summerfest - the largest musical festival in the world. Peggy had a knee replacement and I went and stayed with her for a few days to help her out and drive her to physical therapy. Peggy is an absolute joy to be around and has a heart of pure gold. Her problem will be who to give this butterfly to as she is ALWAYS showing kindness and will do anything for anyone! Love you Sis.

Aunt Karen and Uncle Bud are my parents dearest friends. They are my God Parents and they have always been so warm and loving with all of us - all our lives! We have been blessed! We are going to their house for dinner on Friday June 21st so I thought this would be a neat hostess gift. Plus they have lovely friends all over the world they can 'pay it forward to' so it will be cool to see where it goes...
Love you! Michelle Kerry Abby and Mabel. XO

June 13, 2019 Arlington Wa.
Gifted to Derek whose chosen profession is helping the disadvantaged. Congratulations on graduating with a Master's degree in social work.

I am sending this beautiful coin to my friend in NY, along with some card making supplies. I have no doubt she will do a kindness for somebody and pass the coin along. :)

What a joy to get this coin. I love what I do as a Virginia Master Naturalist teaching, learning how to become a good steward of our one and only Earth, and having the opportunity to participate in on-going research. We are so blessed to live near a beautiful state park and the whole chapter is participating in building a sensory trail for all park visitors but with adaptation for those with visual or hearing impairments, mobility challenges, and children with autism to share both our research in the park and our passion for natural places. We are all volunteers doing something we love, but it is so nice to have it recognized in such a beautiful way. I cannot wait to pass it on!

This is one of 30 butterfly coins which were distributed in honor of our mother's 80th birthday party, June 9, 2019. Nancy lives her life thinking of others - an extra meal for a friend who is sick, a quick phone call to check in on someone's day, hours volunteering at a soup kitchen or for church. Help us spread her lifetime of integrity, kindness, and tolerance throughout the world with these coins!

This is one of 30 butterfly coins which were distributed in honor of our mother's 80th birthday party, June 9, 2019. Nancy lives her life thinking of others - an extra meal for a friend who is sick, a quick phone call to check in on someone's day, hours volunteering at a soup kitchen or for church. Help us spread her lifetime of integrity, kindness, and tolerance throughout the world with these coins!

This is one of 30 butterfly coins which were distributed in honor of our mother's 80th birthday party, June 9, 2019. Nancy lives her life thinking of others - an extra meal for a friend who is sick, a quick phone call to check in on someone's day, hours volunteering at a soup kitchen or for church. Help us spread her lifetime of integrity, kindness, and tolerance throughout the world with these coins!

Coin is currently in N.E. Seattle, WA. Will be on the lookout for opportunities for folks who will appreciate it.

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