A South Florida teen has collected 1.5 million pennies to commemorate each child killed in the Holocaust.
Thirteen-year-old David Broide, a student at Hillel Community Day School in North Miami Beach, collected the pennies as a bar mitzvah project. Friends, relatives and classmates helped, and Broide gave $1,800 in bar mitzvah gifts to the project, too.
Six thousand pounds of pennies — 1.2 million in all — have already been delivered to the Holocaust Documentation and Education Center in Hollywood, where they've been collected in bags, jugs, coin rolls and sandwich bags. The rest are on their way.
Broide overshot his goal by 100,000 pennies. Now he's planning another project: To collect 6 million pennies, one for every Jew killed in the Holocaust.