Young Grand Valley girl helps out families in need.
A Grand Valley girl is setting an example by helping out others during this holiday season.
This young girl with a big heart has created her very own foundation to help families in need.
Christina Poole and her father were out in the cold today packing up boxes filled with food for those who need them most.
Christina said, "Our foundation is called paper angels but this project is called project Ohana because it means family. So what we do is we get together food boxes for people who don't have anything or for people passing by, so we put together a dinner than you usually have on Christmas and we give them to them.
That's 14 year old Christina Pool, who recognized when she only 10 years old that help was needed right in her home town.
"I was ten when I thought of this, and it just came to me because before all of this started I saw people on the side of the road that were homeless and i just felt really bad because they don't have anything, or anything that we have and so they're not as fortunate as some people are," said Christina.
That's when she approached her father with her idea to donate food to families in need.
"Basically thought to myself what better way then to help the community, she had her own ideas, I basically drove her around and talked to different organizations throughout the area, head start had the best idea of putting the food boxes together and helping these people," said Christina’s Father, Gavin Poole.
Christina and head start, a non profit organization that services low-income families, joined forces to put together boxes of food.
This is there fourth year and Christina says she didn't realize how much her idea would grow.
"It started at like 25- 50, then the second year it grew, and i was really surprised because I didn't expect it to grow at all. A lot of people heard about me, I was just really thankful for that, then it grew to 80 families, then to a hundred and today we're doing 160."
The boxes of food were delivered to 160 families throughout Grand Junction, Fruita, Rifle and Parachute.
"About 160 turkeys double up on that on everything else, vegetables, stuffing, gravy, you name it," said Gavin.
"It makes me feel great because I like helping people, and a lot of people don't know that," added Christina.
As for Gavin, he says he's overcome with pride for his daughter.
"Very proud, you know I looked at all the things that are going on in the world and it makes me very happy seeing that this is what my daughter wants to do."
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