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10-year-old honors teacher's life while also spreading holiday cheer

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Carsen Cole pictured with his former teacher, Maggie Dubois.{ }

A Broken Arrow 10-year-old is spreading some Christmas cheer while also remembering one of his favorite teachers.

Carsen Cole has turned his parents' kitchen into an art studio.

"I'm painting prickly needles, and then I'm putting red flowers on them," said Cole, while painting a cactus on each Christmas ornament.

This isn't a hobby, it's Cole's mission. With every brushstroke, he's thinking about his past teacher Mrs. Maggie Dubois.

"I choose a cactus because I think it expresses her, and she decorated with those a lot," said Cole. "I wanted to honor her and her family because she deserves respect."

Dubois was his first and second-grade teacher. While it's been a few years since he's been in her classroom, he's been thinking about her a lot since she passed away in October after a tragic car accident.

"She has two girls, and I'm glad I'm able to help them," said Cole.

Carsen came up with the idea to make these ornaments and give them out by donations. It's money that will go to help the Dubois family.

"He's always had a kind and loving heart," said Melissa Cole, Carsen's mother. "One thing Mrs. Dubois always said is she loves his hugs. He gives the best hugs, and I'm incredibly proud of him."

His family is standing to help another in a time of need.

So far, he's made over 70 Christmas ornaments and raised about $1,200, but his mission isn't over.

"I wanna raise about $2,000," said Cole.

"The size and style of ornament may change, but it will continue to be the cactus," said Cole. "As long as people want them, we'll get it to them."

He's spreading a little holiday cheer while also remembering one of the finest teachers.

Chad Dubois, Maggie's husband, was not available for an interview but released this statement:

We are so grateful for Carsen's giving heart. His generosity has touched our family deeply. We hope that each person who purchased an ornament will remember the wonderful person Maggie was as they hang it on their tree each year. Thank you Carsen for the beautiful tribute to Maggie's life.
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