There's now a new way for you to donate money to programs that fight homelessness. All you have to do is take a walk through downtown Macon.
These might look like parking meters, but these newly installed devices only take donations.
Leadership Macon Group hopes they can help curb panhandlers.
"To put up all the meters, it cost just about $14,000, and that covers all the cost of installation. We raised that money ourselves as a class, so the city didn't have to spend any money," says Jonathan Dye of Leadership Macon's 2012 class.
This program is a project of Leadership Macon's 2012 class.
And on a windy Tuesday morning, the group planted nine donation stations around downtown.
These meters take up to $60 worth of coin donations and an unlimited amount of debit and credit donations.
The money goes into an account managed by the Urban Development Authority and distributed through the Macon Coalition to End Homelessness in grants to local shelters and other programs that help the homeless.
"We have over 500 homeless children attending schools in Bibb County today. It is incredibly important that we step up to the plate to eradicate homelessness in Macon and Bibb County," says June O'Neal the chairperson of the Macon Coalition to End Homelessness.
The donation stations are located here:
• Location # 1 @ 2nd St & Cotton Ave Macon, GA 31201
Sid's, Jennoely's, Cox Capitol Theatre
• Location # 2 @ Mulberry St & 3rd St Macon, GA 31201
Atlanta Postal Credit Union, Federal Courthouse, Bibb County BOE
• Location # 3 @ 3rd St & Cherry St Macon, GA 31201, Third St. Park
Market City Café, Acalpulco's, Central Park Pizza, Bank of America, Dolce Vita
• Location # 4 @ Poplar St & 1st St Macon, GA 31201, Rosa Parks Square
City Hall, Municipal Court, Brilliant Linens, Macon Arts, Fit Body BootCamp
• Location # 5 @ Poplar St & 2nd St Macon, GA 31201
Ginger, Georgia Kayak, Grant's, Dannenberg
• Location # 6 @ Mulberry St & 1st St Macon, GA 31201
First Presbyterian Church, Mulberry Methodist Church
• Location # 7 @ Spring St & Pine St Macon, GA 31201
Medical Center, Children's Hospital
• Location # 8 @ 5th St & Cherry St Macon, GA 31201
MTA Bus Terminal
• Location #9 @ Cherry Street and Second Street Lane Macon, GA 31201
Rookery, Downtown Grill, Greek Corner Deli, The 567 Center for Renewal