Emmas Story How NCCPD helped spread some holiday cheer

Posted on Jan 06, 2017

The holidays are a time for spreading joy and generosity. Last holiday season, Emma Short decided to do her part by selling hand-made pictures in exchange for donations. The endeavor started out small, only reaching close friends and family, but when the Shorts created a Facebook page for the event, it grew to new heights.

"When other people started asking for pictures, that's when it really blew up. We were kind of overwhelmed by everything. We had people sending us checks and money in the mail, we even sent pictures to some of our family in Mexico." said Emma's mom, Amy Short.

Emma took the donations she had collected, and used them to buy toys for the children at Nemours Alfred I. duPont Children's Hospital. The New Castle County Police Department heard about Emma's efforts and wanted to help. They organized a caravan of police vehicles to help transport the toys from Emma's home to the hospital.

Emma's parents say having the help of New Castle County Police Department made the day more special for everyone involved. Corporal Tracey Duffy says it was the departments pleasure.

"Why not take this opportunity to make this event a little bit more special," said Cpl. Duffy, "Emma went out of her way to do something great for complete strangers, and that is something we do every day. So why not make it a little more special for Emma."


The Shorts announced that "Coloring for Kids" will be an annual event. This year they will expand the program to help more children across the country. They have created a Facebook page where other children can sign up to be Emma's Elves, and color for kids in their own communities.

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