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Brother, can you spare a dime? Hand-painted meters will collect money for the homeless
Londonderry artist Debbie Curtin examines Thursday the spare change meter she painted. Money collected in the meter will benefit the homeless. (MARK HAYWARD / UNION LEADER)
Organizers of the effort — city Alderman Pat Long, New Horizons head Charlie Sherman, Friends of Manchester Art — were on hand Thursday evening when the artists unveiled the meters in a vacant lot besides New Horizons.
All meters are different.
Manchester resident Colleen O’Connor had black indigenous designs on earth tones like purple and oranges, hues that developed surprisingly when primary colors blended together, she said.
Her fiancee, Paul Davidson, used a yellow background and drew small black stick figures walking up a hill, swimming at a pool or just hanging out.
Each will carry a sticker explaining it is not a parking meter and all the money collected goes to New Horizons.
Long said they meters could go up as early as today. He said the electronic readout will be dismantled, and they have been fitted to accept even pennies.
Sherman said most panhandlers are not homeless, and the money they collect often goes to food or alcohol.
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