BRANDON, Miss. (WJTV) – A remarkable fourth grader delivers Christmas cheer to Rankin County law enforcement officers.
“Squirt any paint in it that you want to do, and you shake it around,” while holding a paint-filled ornament of black, blue and white pant, Marshall Poole sits in his rolling chair, with a sweet, humble look on his face.
Since the beginning of November, he’s handmade 307 Christmas ornaments. It takes 10 minutes to make just one. The 10-year-old hand delivered the ornaments to officers with Flowood, Brandon, Pelahatchie and Pearl Police Departments as well as the Rankin County Sheriff’s Department.
“No one comes and gives stuff back to them in their offices. I just wanted to do that thank them for their service and everything,” says Marshall.
“If they weren’t here there would be like way more deaths in the world and there wouldn’t be that much safety.”
His passion project started four years ago at the ripe ole age of six. Marshall also wants to follow in his family’s footsteps and become a police officer one day.
“[My] parents are police officers, so is my grandfather and that’s really why I want to be a police officer.”
His Christmas spirit is already making an impact on a possibly future boss.
“There’s not many young men his age that think like that. I told him I’d love to have him as an employee one day,” says Rankin County Sheriff Bryan Bailey.
This isn’t the first time Marshall has opened his heart to give back. Earlier this year he and a friend delivered toys to children at Blair E. Batson Hospital, and he doesn’t want officers to feel left out.
“Many people don’t give to them something for Christmas. I gave ornaments to the veterans and everything, so I just thought that we should give to the law enforcement for their support,” adds Marshall.