That’s thanks to 14-year-old Christina Perez — the Miss Teen Western Week — and her court.
As a civic project, she suggested that her 10 court members should buy coloring books and crayons from Walmart to donate to the hospital.
She sent the requests by email; the group responded.
They delivered the 50 packets of books and crayons — the 24-colors-to-a-box variety — last week to Victor Gomez, hospital administrator.
“I was surprised at how many we got,” Perez says. “It was more than I expected.”
“Christina always had a big heart,” says her mother, Daisy Hinojosa, noting that her daughter canceled an annual front-yard summer charity bake sale in order to start a project to assist victims of the 2010 Haitian earthquake.
Perez, who is an eighth-grade Moreno Middle School student, already has an established reputation for community outreach.
Shortly after the school shooting at Newtown, Conn., she sent Valentine’s Day cards to Sandy Hook Elementary School.
“She’s always busy,” Hinojosa says, “but it’s a good busy.”
“It makes me feel better,” Christina says, “knowing that kids (at the hospital this Easter would) have a smile on their faces.”
Bill Clough is a reporter at the Bee-Picayune and can be reached at 358-2550, ext. 122, or at beepic@mySouTex.com.