Change war at local coffee shops to benefit Love Abby

CHANGE WAR CUP–Off the Square Coffee Co. in Red Bud is again holding a change war with Muddy River Coffee in Chester. Those wanting to participate can donate change at either coffee shop. Pictured is the new cup for change donations at Off the Square. Owner Tanya Wild is encouraging people to help fill up this giant coffee cup.

It’s back for another year – the friendly change war between two Randolph County coffee shops kicked off again at the beginning of this week.

Last year Off the Square Coffee Co. in Red Bud and Muddy River Coffee in Chester kicked off the competition to benefit local organization Love Abby. Both coffee shops will be collecting change through Tuesday, March 17, with all money collected going to Love Abby.

Love Abby was created by the family of Abby Liefer following her death in 2015. The family started off by performing random acts of kindness, but soon saw there was a need to help children in the community.

So they formed a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, with the goal of helping the children of Randolph County and neighboring communities. They have collected various donations of items including school supplies, clothes, personal hygiene items, baby supplies, blankets, stuffed animals and more.

These donated items, as well as items purchased through monetary donations, are given to area schools, the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS), the Human Service Center, Lutheran Family Services and other similar organizations to help children who are in foster care, women’s shelters or are homeless. All in an effort to help children in what can be a very difficult time in their lives.

For more on this change war, please see this week’s print edition.