Hattiesburg pageant helps homeless with extra food on the table

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - The Little Miss Ma'am's natural pageant was held in the Thad Cochran Center at USM Saturday.

Contestants varied from 0 - 40 years old, and everyone left home with a crown, banner, and a gift bag.

All contestants brought at least 10 canned food items to donate to the Hope House in Hattiesburg, and all together the pageant raised 624 non-perishable items.

"We like to teach the girls the importance of giving back," said South Mississippi Prelim Director Rhonda Landon. "We want to teach them that it's not just about getting the crown, it's what you do with it. We want you to go out in your community and see who out there needs help and the difference that you can make by the things that you do and the actions that you do."

The contestant who brought the most canned goods was crowned Miss Hospitality and received a round crown and a custom banner.

For more information on Little Miss Ma'am's, click HERE.