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Giving everyone a chance

Carlie Christensen (left) and Julie Trok (right) with some of the hygiene bags that Christensen collected for foster children.

When a class project called for coming up with solutions to help those that are less fortunate, Carlie Christensen didn't have to look far for ideas.

The Meyer Middle School 8th grader had watched her mother Jody previously be a foster mother and saw that foster children had many hurdles to overcome.

So, the 13-year-old wanted to do her part.

She went around to businesses and people she knew around the River Falls area and asked for donations.

The result was $310 which turned into 50 hygiene bags full of supplies such as toothbrushes, shampoo, conditioner, body wash and loofahs that Christensen donated to Pierce County Human Services last week.

"This is very exciting that someone as young as Carlie wanted to take on a project like this," said Julie Trok, Pierce County Foster Care coordinator.

Trok added she was "amazed" when she first heard how much Christensen had raised. So was Christensen. She was shooting for 10-20 bags.

"I had no idea it would be 50," she said. What is even more surprising is that it took her only "a couple hours" to raise the $310.

The supplies came from the Walgreens in Woodbury, Minn., where Christensen's hockey coach, Jon Zevenbergen works.

"It's good to give back," Christensen said, when asked what she learned the most from this project.

And that the hard work pays off. She added she received an "A" for her effort.

Jason Schulte

Jason Schulte is a reporter for the New Richmond News since February 2015. Prior to that he spent eight years at the Pierce County Herald in Ellsworth. His duties with the News will include covering news out of Hammond and Roberts along with action from St. Croix County court system. He lives in Roberts. 

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