HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Blair E. Batson Hospital for Children sits in the heart of the Jackson, and it's the only medical center in the state devoted to caring for and treating children and adolescents who are sick and injured. Miss University of Southern Mississippi Macy Mitchell is making it her mission to put a smile on patients' faces with your help.
"Just a very, very joyful place, which is not something you would expect," Mitchell said regarding the hospital. "But, it is one of the best places I think I've every been."
The hospital serves nearly 9,000 admissions each year. It's mission is to improve the heath of children by providing world class care, educating tomorrow's leaders and promoting discovery and innovation.
"I think my favorite part was the playroom," Mitchell said. "That is where the kids, if they are not too sick, they are able to go and spend time with other patients. It really gives them that sense of community I think they need in such a hard time."
The lives of these innocent children are touched deeply through the help of volunteers and leaders in our state wanting to make a difference. Mitchell is now trying to do her part to help.
"Blair E. Batson is actually a Children's Miracle Network hospital. The Children's Miracle Network is Miss America's national platform," Mitchell said. "So we spend our year not only raising funds for our personal platforms, but also for CMN. My sister is actually a CMN kid. So I am so excited to be able to benefit this organization through her and through that. So we are currently doing a Play-Doh drive. "
Mitchell said this is a simple way you can help be a part of changing a child's day.
"It's a safe toy the kids can play with, hazardous free," Mitchell said. "So it really just gives them the opportunity to spread a little joy at the hospital. That's what I'm trying to do through his Play-Doh drive."
If you would like to donate, you can drop off new containers of Play-Doh at the Petal or Hattiesburg locations of Merle Norman through Saturday.
Your name will be entered in a drawing for a makeover by Miss USM herself.