Bank collecting Canadian currency to benefit Humane Society

Got some loose change lying around the house? Northwest Savings Bank branches in St. Marys, Ridgway and Johnsonburg are collecting unwanted Canadian currency to benefit the Elk County Humane Society. Linda Decker, branch manager of the downtown St. Marys and Bucktail branches of Northwest Savings Bank, said the bank will be placing collection jars at branches in the three communities. Decker said because of the northern neighbor’s proximity to the U.S., people often have Canadian coins mixed in with their American currency, while others may have Canadian coins from previous trips at home in a bowl or drawer. The bank’s coin machine, located at its downtown St. Marys branch, does not accept Canadian currency-- the coins do not filter through the machine-- and many people were simply leaving the coins at the bank after using the coin machine. Decker said organizers thought the jars would be a great way to collect the unwanted funds for the benefit of an organization that can really use the public’s support right now.