"No one is useless in this world who lightens the burden of another."
After a relaxing Fall Break in Disney World, I got back to the grind right away! For 2013 "Make A Difference Day," I gathered a few friends to do some good in our community. We visited a local nursing home and volunteered as manicurists for the day! It was such a fulfilling way to give back and really make a difference in the lives of residents at the High Point Place Senior Living Facility. I can't wait to go back and visit my new friends!
Shout out to Gwen, owner of Deluxe Nails in Mullica Hill, for donating nail polish for my nursing home manicure trips in both New Jersey and North Carolina :)
We were somehow blessed with a warm day in October for our event!
The Gam girls cheering on our participants!
My big, Katie, and I at Chapter elections :)
Jacey and I expressing what we're thankful for during HPU's "Gratitude Project."
Leaving water bottles and protein bars with motivational messages on gym equipment!
Leaving a package of popcorn with the message, "Have a poppin' day"
in the movie section of the library :)
Courtney, Lorena, and I visited Wishaven Animal Rehabilitation Center to donate some pet treats. We met this little guy and heard his inspirational story. Can't wait to visit again!!
Returning carts left in the parking lot to their designated corral!
Left balloons with compliments on random cars in the HPU parking lots!
Hung "you are beautiful!" signs on mirrors all over campus!
Posing with my completed poster before my 20th Birthday dinner :)
Our finished product!
I reunited with Carol, my amazing director, to fill stockings for a Community Outreach group based in Camden. I was also able to catch up with our beautiful Miss New Jersey's Outstanding Teen, Alyssa, and chat about life post-Outstanding Teen. She's done such a fabulous job representing our state-I can't wait to see what is in store for her future!
Never a dull moment when it comes to Photoshoots with Richard :)
Love feeling like a celebrity when Miss Fran does my make-up!!
Miss Tricia is just stunning!
The MAO girls at Clara's Tea Party!
My little stars rocked! So proud of their abilities and their amazing charisma :)
My duties also included jingling bells for the photographer in order to catch those precious moments with the adorable (and often screaming) kiddies :)
Concetta and I were Santa's helpers...guess I'll need to invest in an elf costume for next year!!
Such a fun event!
I got to know all of the kids while they waited in line for Santa and wrote their names on goody bags!
We even got a visit from Santa!
Apparently this is how Michael envisions my hair for evening gown at Miss NJ this year...I guess you'll have to wait until June to see if I took his advice, or if they allow him to walk on stage with me while holding my hair ;)
Sweet little Ayla :)
The Seashore Line girls!
Though it's difficult to make out, we sang between Jesus' Birthday cake and the manger :)
The crowd of singers grew as the night went on--we were a
choir of 6 angels by the end of the Nativity :)
My wonderful family on Christmas Eve :)
The Weick cousins with our beautiful Mom-mom :)