Four Miss All-Star United States national title holders arrived in the Midlands last Friday and Saturday to make a contribution to the local community.
According to pageant director and Midlands local Tammy Johns, the queens were crowned in August, and travel across the country during their year as title holders. Part of the "job" as queens includes collecting funds and items that are donated to nonprofits and first responders in each region of which they travel.
Miss Teen All-Star United States Kantley McKown and Miss All-Star United States Madelyn Price arrived at the Irmo Fire Department Friday and donated pizzas for dinner to the firefighters. "They were all super appreciative and nice," Johns said. "They took us on a tour, and explained how many people are on duty at one time."
Kantley and Madelyn were joined by Junior Miss All-Star United States Kaitlyn Fox and Pre-Teen All-Star United States McKinely Roebuck Saturday for another donation. The group traveled to Columbia, bringing more than 100 lbs. of non-perishable food and backpacks to Homeless No More on Middleburg Drive.
The nonprofit aids homeless families by providing care "at the right time with the right services." Homeless No More offers a variety of options from emergency services to transitional and affordable housing.
While in town, the ladies also participated in a walk across the Lake Murray Dam for pulmonary fibrosis, to raise funds and awareness of the disease.
Johns said it's always exciting to see the ways in which the title holders give back to the community. "Recently, I was asked what patriotism means to me. This is the perfect example - it's loving your country through community service. It's loving others who might need a little extra help," she said. "It's all about helping others succeed."
Kantley and Madelyn will join the state winners in West Virginia and Pennsylvania this weekend to fill "blessing boxes" in town and participate in a breast cancer-awareness walk.
Additional information about Miss All-Star United States can be found on the pageant's website.