$32,665.17 donated by Wescom, WeCare, and our members to support the victims of the Woolsey fires in Los Angeles and Ventura counties and the Borderline tragedy in Thousand Oaks.
Piggy went to the store with his dad to score on after Christmas sales and paid for his items with dollar bills. As he and his dad were leaving, Piggy's dad asked, "Hey Piggy, have you ever wondered where money comes from?"
"It comes from an ATM or bank, like Wescom," said Piggy.
"That's true," said Piggy's dad. "But do you know where Wescom gets that money?"
"I don't know dad, where?" Piggy asked.
"The U.S. Government is in charge of making coins and bills," Piggy's dad said. "The U.S. Mint makes coins and the U.S. Bureau of Engraving makes paper money."
Piggy's dad went on to explain how paper money starts with a piece of paper and ends up in his wallet.
First, a designer creates sketches of paper money. Depending on what kind of bill is being made, a different U.S. Presidents' face is used. Then, one design is chosen to be made into money. To make the money safer, the government adds an image of a face on the bill that can only been seen when held up to a light.
Next, the design is transferred to a metal plate. The plate is then copied many times onto a bigger plate to print many bills at one time. Then, the big plate is covered with special black, green, or sometimes metallic ink and pressed onto a blend of cotton and linen paper. Each sheet of bills needs 72 hours to dry per side.
Finally, after taking a close look at each sheet, they are cut into individual bills, wrapped with labels, stacked, sorted, and delivered to banks like Wescom.
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