Elkton 5-year-old encourages others to color for a cause
— Emma Short is once again raising money to help kids at the Alfred I. DuPont Hospital for Children — and she’s recruited an army of elves to help her do it.
Last year, the then-4-year-old Short raised about $300 by selling her drawings to family and friends and then used the money to buys toys for the children at the Wilmington, Del., hospital. This year, with the goal of expanding her efforts, her parents Amy and Devin Short have been organizing several events in the area where other kids can join Emma to color and raise money for a charity of their choice.
Dubbed, “Coloring for Kids — Emma’s Elves,” the campaign encourages kids to sell their drawings and donate the money to a charity of their choice or combine with Emma’s effort for the children’s hospital. So far, the response to the campaign has been good, said Amy Short. The Facebook page has over 100 likes and the two events held so far have gone well.
“It’s just really good to see other kids giving back as well,” Amy said, noting it was totally up to Emma whether she wanted to continue with the fundraiser this year. “Not that she’s older, she definitely understands more.”
Emma’s original fundraiser generated an outpouring of support, with the New Castle County, Del., police department giving her an escort to the hospital and later awarding her with the New Castle County Police award, the only civilian to receive that honor.
The idea for the fundraiser arose out of Emma’s own experience of being in that same children’s hospital around Christmas 2014 as well as from a viewing of “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” which got Emma thinking about the children who might not get toys for Christmas.
“They can’t get out of the hospital.
Emma Short works on a drawing she plans to sell as part of her campaign to raise money for the Alfred I. DuPont Hospital for Children.
They’re sick and I want to give them presents,” Emma said.
Emma’s drawings go for however much people want to donate and some of her favorite things to draw are fairies, rainbows, crabs and trucks. She also recently learned to draw otters, which is a favorite right now.
The family plans to do some initial shopping this Sunday so they can donate some toys to Toys for Tots and then go shopping later in December to buy toys for the hospital with a delivery planned for a few days before Christmas. When it comes to picking out toys, Emma favors dolls since that’s what she received when she was in the hospital, but she also likes to get Legos, board games and other toys.
So far, Emma has held two events — one at the Cecil County Arts Council and one at Newark Toyota World in Delaware. During the Toyota World event, Amy estimates that Emma sold close to 40 drawings and overall, she expects they’ll raise more money than last year.
One final event will be held on One of Emma Short’s drawing from her “Coloring for Kids — Emma’s Elves” campaign.
Dec. 11 at Slavin Insurance for any kids that still want to participate. For more information or to get involved, people can contact the Shorts through the Facebook page, Coloring for Kids — Emma’s Elves.
Emma Short shows off the toys she bought for the children at the Alfred I. DuPont Hospital for Children last year. The 5-year-old is now encouraging other kids to hold similar fundraisers for local charities.
Emma Short holds up one of the drawings she made as part of her “Coloring for Kids — Emma’s Elves” campaign.