Inside each box awaits a Christmas miracle
Christina Poole couldn’t help but notice four years ago that every time she rode over the Fifth Street bridge between Orchard Mesa and downtown Grand Junction that there were people in her hometown who needed help.
She was 10.
“I felt bad,” Poole said. “I just wanted to do something so they had something.”
With a compassionate heart and a little girl spirit, Poole formed Paper Angels with the specific goal of annually giving away all the fixins’ for a traditional Christmas dinner to families who, for whatever reason, could not afford a big holiday meal.
On Saturday, Poole, along with nearly a dozen volunteers, held her fourth Paper Angels giveaway at Rocky Mountain SER Head Start, giving away about 150 meals thanks to charitable contributions and Poole’s bulk shopping at the Orchard Mesa City Market to negotiate the best prices.
She is 14.
Each box families picked up Saturday contained a 14- to 16-pound turkey, a loaf of bread, two cans of corn or green beans, a can of cranberries, a box of stuffing, a box of mashed potatoes, two cans of gravy and a fruit pie.
During the past four years, the project has grown from about 50 meals funded largely from Poole’s allowance money plus family help to nearly 150 meals funded largely from corporate sponsorship.
The distribution area has grown from Grand Junction in the first year to Mesa County and neighboring counties this year.
“I’m just happy,” Poole said. “I really like helping people.”
Poole wants Paper Angels to continue to expand.
“I’m very, very proud of my daughter,” said Gavin Poole, Christina’s father.