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Worth her weight in pennies

Kyla Devito hands over 50 pounds of pennies and other coins that she figures is worth more than $142 to the News’ Pennies for Presents campaign. - WAWMEESH G. HAMILTON/Alberni Valley News
Kyla Devito hands over 50 pounds of pennies and other coins that she figures is worth more than $142 to the News’ Pennies for Presents campaign.
— image credit: WAWMEESH G. HAMILTON/Alberni Valley News

Kyla Devito, featured on our front cover on Nov. 15, has been collecting pennies for the Alberni Valley News’ second annual Pennies for Presents campaign for the past year.

When she realized how heavy her coin collection was, she decided she would raise her weight in pennies.

Last week Devito brought in 50 pounds worth of pennies and other coins, which her sister estimates is at least $142.

Devito has had seven people in her house as well as various grandparents, aunts and cousins contributing to her donation containers.

“If I see a penny I just pick it up” and put it in her donation jar, she said.

“She’s always looking for pennies,” her mom, Nicole Devito, said. “Even in the summertime she was collecting for Christmas.”

As soon as she emptied her special teddy bear jar to bring in this year’s donation, Kyla Devito immediately put some coins into the jar to start collecting for next year.

She even had a special dropoff from one of Santa’s elves.

Coins for Pennies for Presents can be dropped off at the News, Main Artery on Argyle, Ladybird Engraving, Scotiabank, Clock Tower Gallery or Boston Pizza until Wednesday, Nov. 19.

All money raised will go to the Port Alberni Toy Run.

editor@albernivalleynews.com

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