"I asked an artist friend to draw a free flowing angel," she adds. "Then I tried to find someone who could craft the coins. It was important that you could feel the angel and the message. After many attempts and frustrations, I found the perfect person who could laser the angel and the message on the coins. These coins had a special energy about them... When I saw the calming effect the Caring Coins had for my mother with Alzheimer's Disease, I realized that there was something very special about these coins.
"I always carried Caring Coins in my pockets and had a supply in my car. As I continued to share them randomly, I was amazed how this little wooden coin meant different things to different people. The Caring Coins began to take on a life of their own; they began showing up in the darnedest places."
Gibney noted that when Hurricane Katrina struck, her foundation invited concerned citizens to sponsor Caring Coins for the mega-storm's survivors.
"It was then that I was inspired to draw the Me to You figures which became our logo for the You Are Never Alone Foundation and for the Me to You Caring Coins. Today, we share both the Angel Caring Coins and the Me to You Caring Coins. I continue to share the Caring Coins randomly today. Each time I share a Caring Coin a little magic happens. I see this magic in the eyes of those receiving the coin; I hear it in their voices. I feel the magic inside of me. I invite you to feel the magic, too," she notes.
As a special community service project, and working with Camp Johnson in Colchester (a military site associated with the Vermont National Guard) PHS faculty and students wrote thank you cards to the troops. Later, Gibney delivered the coins and cards to Camp Johnson for distribution to the troops. Gibney's goal is to distribute lots of caring coins, as part of a series of yellow-ribbon events, throughout Vermont.
This summer, 2,000 Vermont soldiers will be deployed in Afghanistan and Iraq. "Join us in sponsoring a caring coin for our troops," Gibney said.
Coins are available for sale on the foundation's website and donations are accepted that enable the organization to continue its sharing caring coins with others around the world, not just the military. Donations must be made payable to: You Are Never Alone Foundation, Inc., P.O. Box 523 Dorset, Vt. 05251.
For more details, contact Salley Gibney at 867-2492 or go online: www.YouAreNeverAloneFoundation,org.