H-CALIFORNIA MID-STATE FAIR

Jul 25, 2013 8:39 PM by Connie Tran, KSBY News

Christine Allen's legacy lives on through work in 4-H and Food Bank

Friends and family of 19-year old Christine Allen, who died in May, are keeping her memory alive by continuing her work in the community.

Christine was from San Luis Obispo and died after she fell off a rock cliff just outside of Salt Lake City, Utah.

She was heavily involved with the Edna 4-H agricultural program, but for her, it wasn't just about raising an animal. Allen found a way to help the whole community through her work with her local 4-H program.

Christine's younger sister, Mary Allen, said, "She was very innovative, very creative, had lots of ideas. She was definitely a planner. She thought things through."

The 17-year old said that she may never live up to her sister's work, but she's going to try.

"When I think of my sister I think of true virtue and she had a lot of great things to offer to the community, to her family," said Mary.

The entire Allen family has been dedicated to the Edna 4-H program for years through raising steers.

But when Allen was only 14-years old, she came up with the idea to raise a cow and donate the meat to the food bank to help feed those who are in need.

"When she realized that we had to pay the processing costs after the animal was donated, she raised additional money through her syndicate and partnering also with her sisters and younger brother for several animals to pay for the processing costs," said Carl Hansen, CEO of the Foodbank Coalition of San Luis Obispo County.

The mourning over the loss of Christine has been turned into proactive work. The Christine Allen Memorial SLO Food Bank Fund made its debut at the 2013 California Mid-State Fair, and it's encouraged people to do what she did.

Karen Guriel, an Allen Family friend said, "It will be her legacy, to have more animals purchased and given to the food bank, would be, make her very proud."

Christine's parents said they are overwhelmed by the love and support they have received from the community to continue Christine's work.

Her parents also said that the volunteer effort is helping them get through the grief of their daughter's death.

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