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Miss Gadsden State Lends a Helping Hand

Pageant Winners Lend a Hand to Family Success Center

 There are many ways to help others throughout the year but during the holidays help is greatly appreciated with time consuming duties such as wrapping gifts. 

The Gadsden Family Success Center is currently providing these services at the Colonial Mall in Gadsden.  Lauren Thomas, Miss Gadsden State 2011, and Jessica Herrera, Miss Gadsden State 2012, recently donated their time and energy to help raise money for the Center by making presents brought to the kiosk look festive for shoppers. 

The Family Success Center wrapping station, located between Books-a-Million and The Gap, offers gift wrapping with suggested donation amounts based on the size of the package.  The gift wrap station will be open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. through Christmas Eve with various organizations providing volunteer wrappers.  The service is great for busy shoppers who want to pass off that last big responsibility of box, paper, and bow.   Everyone is encouraged to drop by with plenty of presents for volunteers to wrap.

Thomas and Herrera like other former Miss Gadsden State winners and contestants spend time working in the community for various non-profit agencies.  The Miss Gadsden State Pageant, as a preliminary pageant for Miss Alabama and Miss America, encourages young women to select a charity platform in which to serve during their year of reign.  Throughout her term, Thomas worked on several projects and fundraisers for the Family Success Center.  She and Herrera want to continue to support the Center in this season’s most important fundraiser by helping to wrap gifts.  Though Herrera is lending her support to the Center, her primary platform is Big Brothers Big Sisters where she, too, will support fundraising efforts and work on various projects in the coming year.

In addition to the gift wrap services the Family Success Center is involved with many projects to help children and families in Etowah County.  One of their most successful events is their fall school supply drive called “Cram the Van.”  Community support of the gift wrap services at the mall station means a lot to this organization that gives back to the community and families in the area all year long. 


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