History of Buddy Barrel Banks
Kids all over America collect money in plastic yellow Buddy Barrel banks. When BGMC started back in 1949, barrel banks were chosen as the collection containers since everything sent to the foreign field at that time was packed in sturdy wooden barrels. This evolved into Buddy Barrel becoming the mascot or symbol for BGMC. Buddy Barrel became the animated representation of the small barrel banks.
It was also decided that small wooden barrels would be given to all the Sunday Schools, which wished to cooperate with the program, in sufficient quantity so every girl and boy in the Sunday School would receive a barrel. The child was to take the barrel home and each day place a penny, nickel, dime, or more in it. Once a month on the designated Sunday, each child would return his/her barrel to Sunday School.
Over the years the barrel has evolved from wood to plastic. The barrel bank has undergone major changes in 1979, 1987, and 2005.
We thought that kids would enjoy the modern look of the translucent yellow and that they would enjoy being able to see just exactly what was inside of their barrels. You could not see inside of the solid barrel, but you can see inside of the translucent barrels.
These barrels are now in stock! You can order your barrels now so you can be the first to have them and show them to your kids. Barrels have to be ordered in increments of 24. A box of 24 barrels cost $6.00 (25 cents each).