Miss Hospitality contestants pose in front of Forrest General Hospital.
HATTIESBURG, MS – (July 13, 2021) A group of 36 young women from across the state who are competing in the 2021 Mississippi Miss Hospitality program this week took time out of their busy schedule to visit Forrest General Hospital on Tuesday, July 13.
During their visit, the contestants, which included 2020 Mississippi Miss Hospitality, McKay Lee Bray, received a welcome from Millie Swan, Forrest Health vice president.
Swan shared information about the hospital’s Spirit of Women program, which is about women taking care of and action for their health. “Women have to take care of themselves if they are going to care of everybody else,” she said. She also talked about the student programs at the hospital – Spirit Girls and Ambassadors – and the opportunities they can provide through giving back and volunteer hours.
She also encouraged the contestants from around the state to embrace their communities. “I commend you for giving back to this community,” Swan said, noting the contestants’ involvement earlier in the day with Edwards Street Fellowship Center where they painted bowls for this year’s Empty Bowls and packed bags of rice at Extra Table. When you give back to the community and take pride in your state, you’re helping to build something even greater for the next generation of young women. You are making a difference and can have an impact on so many. Years from now, you won’t even know the impact you made in people’s lives along the way.”
“I encourage you to write your own story. Right now is temporary. A crown is temporary. It is for a year, and then it is going on to another young lady. But, what you carry with you from this week will last a life time. Write your story. Make a difference, and show you care every day, and you’ll always come out on top.”
During their visit, contestants decorated and stuffed goody bags for the Forrest General Cancer Center. Radiation Oncologist, Sophy Mangana, MD, and FCC Patient Navigator, Ramona Martin, RN, were on hand to talk with the girls and accept their kind donations. The bags, which were decorated by the girls, contained care items such as tissues, snacks, a lap blanket, lotion and notes of encouragement.
For more information on Forrest General and its available services, visit forrestgeneral.com.