SHERMAN, TEXAS - Illiteracy is a problem that affects dozens of people around Grayson County, but today a local business gave a generous donation to help those struggling to learn how to read.
These pennies, dimes and quarters are more than just loose coins found in your car, at the Dollar General in Sherman those coins are making a big change in the fight against illiteracy.
Every day for the past year, Rocky Moon and his staff asked people to donate their loose change.
Because of their hard work and the generosity of customers, they were able to give $10,000 to the Grayson County Literacy Foundation.
"We have customers that come in just to drop money into the literacy foundation, they come in on a daily basis and their more than eager to give their change," said Moon.
Its that eagerness that helped people like Eva Parsons learn to read.
"We're trying to break the cycle of illiteracy for these people and for their children," said Betsy Anderson.
Anderson is the literacy coordinator for the Foundation and works closely with Parsons.
She originally thought they were getting a much-needed $2,000 donation, so the $10,000 check presented to them Friday afternoon, was more than a welcomed surprise.
"This is such an honor to receive the money from the Dollar General Store and its interesting that the people who give the money are our students,"said Anderson.
The Foundation will use the money to continue to educate Texomans, buy books for families and help those trying to get their GED.
Dollar General will have raffles throughout the day for people who donate to the literacy foundation and they are offering free pictures with Santa (you must bring your own camera).