Ten-year-old Enya Sliwinski beat the donation and coat goal she set for her One Warm Coat fundraiser this winter, raising $698 and collecting 438 coats for charity.
The Sykesville Middle School student decided to host the fundraiser for a second year after donating 287 coats and $500 to the national nonprofit organization last winter — raising her goals from $500 in donations to $600, and to at least 300 coats to surpass her December 2017 total.
The sixth-grader started her drive on Nov. 1, 2018, with drop-off locations at A Time 2 Party and Store-N-Lock in Eldersburg, as well as Sykesville Middle School.
“As of Dec. 31, I collected 401 coats/blankets and $698,” Enya told the Times this week. “However, on Jan. 3 I went to pick up my box at A Time 2 Party and the box was full again! People were still donating even after deadline passed!
“There were 37 more coats in the box that brought the total count to 438 coats,” she said. “I am so happy that we have exceeded our goal.”
Enya delivered the coats to two shelters in downtown Baltimore and Second Chances in Westminster last year, and this year her donations will be sent to Second Chances again and Turn Around Inc. in Baltimore.
“I am so happy to live in a community that is willing to help people that they don’t even know,” she said this week. “We have made a difference in many people’s lives, and the Sykesville community should be proud of it.
“Even people from Poland and U.K. made money donations!” said Enya.