Calvert Elementary fourth grader Laynee Eyman wanted to donate money to her school.
Even she's surprised by how much she's been able to raise.
Laynee generated the money by selling homemade Christmas ornaments, using the internet to help formulate ideas.
Laynee donated $222 to Calvert Wednesday, December 8, and wasn't finished yet.
"I set levels of goals," she said at the time. "It went from $100 to $150 to $200. Now I'm going for $250. Laynee easily surpassed that goal over the weekend. She earned $229 from Rosebank UMC, $45 more from Zion UMC, and $14 while caroling at Calvert Manor. That brought her total to $511. By 11 a.m. Monday the total had risen to $562.
"That girl is amazing," Calvert counselor Diane Little said. "She has raised enough money to support several of our Calvert Angel families."
Her ornaments have been sold at the churches and in the faculty room at the school. Anyone interested in an ornament was asked to pay what they could.
The money goes to the Angel Fund which buys Christmas presents such as clothes and toys for needy Calvert Elementary families.
"I wanted to donate money and my mom (Calvert teacher Nikki Eyman) brought up the idea of the Calvert Angel Fund," Laynee said. "I love to make crafts so I made ornaments and sold them."
Little then used the money to buy the gifts. "It's the first year we've had a child donate money to the Angel Fund," Little said. Calvert also has a Sock, Hat and Mitten Tree with the items going to Calvert families and the rest to Ray of Hope.
It's not the first time Laynee has taken part in a charitable endeavor. Last year she participated in a spaghetti dinner that raised $185. She has already surpassed that this year with more to come.
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