BU Students Build Menorah Masterpiece

By WBNG News

July 22, 2010 Updated Dec 15, 2009 at 2:22 AM EDT

It usually sits on a counter top for 8 nights during Hanukkah.

A unique Menorah built by local students will also help kids diagnosed with cancer to keep their minds off the disease.

Action News Reporter Leigh Dana has more on the Menorah Masterpiece.

It's the festival of lights.

Binghamton University's Chabad Center lights the candles on the 4th night of Hanukkah on a giant menorah made entirely of Legos.

"It was like I was 2 years old again. 4 years old, whatever it was," said BU Senior Zachary Ainsberg.

BU students spent hours last week building the 10 foot tall, hollow, 3,500 piece structure.

"Hanukkah is just a time of year where it's just a huge celebration. It's just a fun holiday. And so many people had so much fun putting this together," said BU Sophomore, Dayna Driscoll.

"Did you remember how to put the pieces together?" asked Dana.

"Yes, things like that. It's like riding a bike, you don't forget how to build Lego's," said BU Freshman Samantha Grenstein.

"We had to stand on chairs at one point it was so tall," said Ainsburg.

The menorah won't stay standing much longer. It will be dismantled and the Legos along with 250 toys will be given to charity.

$4,500 worth of toys from board games and even an iPod will be donated to Chai Lifeline, an organization that helps support children suffering from cancer.

"This time of year we often tend to take for granted everything we have in our life. And these kids are going through a really hard time of year. And to give them a game of Monopoly is really going to brighten up their day. It's the most rewarding experience," said Driscoll.

While Hanukkah is about overcoming obstacles, the students are keeping the candles burning, lighting up the lives of children this holiday.

In Vestal, Leigh Dana, WBNG TV Action News.

Hanukkah ends at sunset this Saturday.

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