Paul Chris­tensen: A light to our en­tire com­mu­nity

Serve Daily - - BUILDING COMMUNITY - By Al­li­son Davis

The loss of a loved one is very hard process to go through, and many peo­ple would turn in­wards to heal. Not Paul Chris­tensen. Af­ter los­ing his wife, who he took care of for many years, he started work­ing with Maple Creek Home Health and Hospice in Span­ish Fork as a vol­un­teer. Carma, the owner of Maple Creek Home Health and Hospice, said, “He does ev­ery­thing. He passes out fly­ers, he takes care of our yard, he put to­gether a gar­den, he helps out with hol­i­days, he fixes things for us, he sits with pa­tients, any­thing. He helps us out with ev­ery­thing.”

A year ago, upon the death of his wife, Paul wanted to thank ev­ery­one at Maple Creek for tak­ing care of his wife, who he liked to call his “an­gel girl.” “He had a metal wall hang­ing de­signed for us. He brought in food and had a spe­cial an­gel neck­lace for each of the women. For the men, he had flash­lights. He was sure to thank each of us per­son­ally,” Melissa, an em­ployee from Maple Creek, re­mem­bered.

Heather, an­other em­ployee at Maple Creek, said, “Paul al­ways thanks us for tak­ing care of his an­gel girl, but what he doesn’t re­al­ize is what a gift it was for us.”

Paul firmly be­lieves in giv­ing back and tak­ing part in the com­mu­nity and is a great ex­am­ple of it. Ev­ery year he dresses up as Santa and spreads cheer all through the town. He’s worked with the fire and po­lice de­part­ments. He’s done so much for ev­ery­one at Maple Creek Home Health and Hospice. “He never stops. He just keeps giv­ing,” Carma said. “He’s an amaz­ing care­giver. Ex­tremely kind and at­ten­tive.”

Paul is a light to our com­mu­nity, and his love is felt by ev­ery­one he’s en­coun­tered. Melissa said, “I truly ap­pre­ci­ate my friend­ship with Paul. He is a bright spot for us, and in this hard time he’s turned out­ward in­stead of in­ward.” Paul is a great role model for ev­ery­one. His story serves as an in­spi­ra­tion. May we all be a light like him, car­ing for and lift­ing oth­ers.

On Oct. 12, DECA and FBLA stu­dents from Span­ish Fork High School were treated to the much-an­tic­i­pated an­nual Fall Busi­ness Tour. Stu­dents spent the day trav­el­ing across Utah County and meet­ing with top ex­ec­u­tives, busi­ness own­ers and field ex­perts at Xact­ware in Lehi, Ali­son’s Pantry in Pleas­ant Grove and Ac­tion Tar­get in Springville. Stu­dents were able to hear first-hand about many of the con­cepts they have been learn­ing about in their busi­ness and mar­ket­ing classes. They were also able to ask plenty of rel­e­vant ques­tions and gain many great in­sights from peo­ple who have had great suc­cess in the busi­ness world.

Paul Chris­tensen

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