The Salvation Army Oakville is counting its pennies.

The local charity announced Monday, it will be among the 120 Salvation Army thrift stores in Canada collecting pennies through a special penny drive.

Donations will benefit local Salvation Army programs and services providing food, shelter and assistance to those in need.

“With the end of the penny comes an opportunity to give back and provide hope and dignity for people in need,” said Graham Moore, territorial secretary for public relations and development for the Salvation Army in Canada and Bermuda.

“The single penny may be seen as worthless, but we see value that can change lives.”

With approximately 35 billion pennies in circulation in Canada, Moore said, each penny donated to the Salvation Army can add up to make a difference.

Moore said 35 billion pennies ($350 million) is enough to feed every homeless person in Canada for a year.

He also noted 7,200 pennies ($72) is the average amount needed to pay for diapers for a month while 88,700 pennies ($887) can pay the average monthly rent in Canada for a family in a two-bedroom apartment.

“The pennies don’t even need to be rolled,” said John Kershaw, managing director for the Salvation Army’s National Recycling Operations.

“You can bring them in bulk and we’ll take care of the rest.”

Residents can drop off pennies at the Oakville Salvation Army thrift store, 356 Kerr St.

The store is open from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. on Saturday, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

It is open from 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Thursday and Friday.

Penny donations will be accepted over the next few months.

For more information about the Oakville Salvation Army, visit www.salvationarmyoakville.ca .