Miss University of Southern Mississippi makes book donation to local shelter

Miss University of Southern Mississippi makes book donation to local shelter

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - The is a news release from the University of Southern Mississippi.

Hannah Roberts, the reigning Miss University of Southern Mississippi, took time out of her hectic schedule to donate approximately 1,000 books to the Fieldhouse for the Homeless on Tuesday, May 19 as part of her "Pages of Love" program.

Located on US 49 South in Hattiesburg, the Fieldhouse for the Homeless provides a safe haven from the danger, uncertainty, and indignity of living on the streets. Its mission is to provide barrier-free services to empower those who find themselves in a desperate situation. The Fieldhouse has become a hub for the homeless in the Hattiesburg/Pine Belt area.

Roberts, a Mount Olive, Miss., native and 2015 Southern Miss graduate, began her "Page of Love" project in 2005. To date, more than 23,000 new and gently used book have been distributed to hospitals, churches, schools, shelters and related organizations.

Roberts, who earned her undergraduate degree in chemistry, has been accepted into medical school at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson. An accomplished violinist, she will compete in the Miss Mississippi Pageant June 24-27 in Vicksburg.

Since its inception in September of 2013, the Fieldhouse for the Homeless has assisted in moving more than 250 men, women, and children off the streets and in to safe and secure housing. For more information, visit: http://fieldhouseforthehomeless.com/

About The University of Southern Mississippi

Founded in 1910, The University of Southern Mississippi is a comprehensive doctoral and research-driven university with a proud history and an eye on the future. A dual-campus university, Southern Miss serves students on campuses in Hattiesburg and Long Beach, in addition to five teaching and research sites in Mississippi and through Online at Southern Miss. Since 2006, Southern Miss students have collected seven Goldwater Scholarships, three Truman Scholarships and 10 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships. Our Center for Undergraduate Research affords our students meaningful research opportunities, and as a proven leader in innovation, we conduct transformative research that translates into real-world solutions. As one of a select number of institutions in the nation accredited in art, dance, music and theatre, we are a haven for creativity and artistic expression. In the classroom or lab, on the playing field, or in the performance hall, we strive to have a positive impact not only on our students, but also the world around us. Further information is found at www.usm.edu.