Dover youth were honored April 9 during a ceremony at City Hall by Mayor Robin Christiansen for their service in the community through the Jefferson Awards LEAD360 program.
This year’s Mayor’s Top Project was Enzo’s Pajama Drive for Hope, by Enzo Vincent. When Enzo was 4 years old, he wrote a letter about making cupcakes for all of God’s children. His mother shared this letter on Facebook, and that one post received three truckloads of food to be given to a homeless shelter.
I can never remember a time when I did not want to do something to help others,” said Enzo, now 11.
His project, Pajama Drive for Hope, launched two years ago and has brought more than 1,000 pairs of pajamas around the holidays to children in need. By the end of this year, he plans to have his own nonprofit 501(c)(3) and aims to donate 3,000 pairs of pajamas across Delaware. With each donation he includes a note that reads “I hope you have a Merry Christmas. You are loved and prayed for. Love Enzo.”
This year, a total of 136 service projects were submitted in Delaware with more than 374,500 lives impacted and a financial impact of more than $5,359,320. The city of Dover’s seven projects engaged 446 volunteers, generated 1,902 volunteer hours, impacted 2,216 lives for a total financial value of $44,126. Projects and ideas submitted to LEAD360 will be honored including Caesar Rodney High School Jobs for Delaware Graduates, Central Middle School Senators in Action, Central Middle School Jobs for Delaware Graduates, Delaware State University LIFT Team, Enzo Vincent, Jobs for Delaware Graduates Staff, Madison Tulloch, Positive Outcomes Charter Middle School Jobs for Delaware Graduates, Reagan and Payton Garnsey, Smyrna High School Jobs for Delaware Graduates and W.T. Chipman Middle School Jobs for Delaware Graduates.
For more, visit jeffersonawards.org.