Elk­ton 5-year-old en­cour­ages oth­ers to color for a cause

Cecil Whig - - FRONT PAGE - By JESSICA IANNETTA

jian­netta@ce­cil­whig.com

— 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.

ELK­TON

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.

CE­CIL WHIG FILE PHOTO

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.

CE­CIL WHIG PHOTO BY JESSICA IANNETTA

Emma Short holds up one of the draw­ings she made as part of her “Col­or­ing for Kids — Emma’s Elves” cam­paign.

CE­CIL WHIG PHOTO BY JESSICA IANNETTA

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