Starting today, The Royal Canadian Mint is phasing out the penny.

So what can you do with your coins?

Ottawa mayor Jim Watson has launched a penny drive for the Ottawa Food Bank.

“There are lots of charities doing penny drives, so I thought we should do one here at Ottawa City Hall,” said Watson. “The Food Bank tells us for every dollar they raise, they can turn that into $5, so a penny can go five times longer.”

CTV Ottawa asked what you’re going to do with your pennies.

  • Henok Fantaye tweets: “Donate them to @freethechildren for their penny drive"
  • Daniel Nikoletop tweets, "I’m donating my pennies to @SOOntario: a non-profit supporting individuals with intellectual disabilities."
  • Jeff Jacques says,"I’m keeping a handful of shiny 2012 pennies as keepsakes and rolling the rest.”

Are you doing something special with your pennies?

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