All American Girl gives back to community

Courtesy photo Kandis Johnston is shown with the many toys she collected for Toys for Tots and funds that will go to the Food Basket.

After school on Friday,

Nov. 22, Kandis Johnston was found at the

Pinedale Ridley’s Family Market collecting

toys and bags of food for the community.

She also continued collecting donations

on Saturday. People could donate by placing

cash in her jar, bringing an unwrapped

toy or donating at the registers.

Johnston collected $340 cash that will be

used for bags of food donated to the local

Food Basket. She also collected more than

100 toys that will be donated thru Toys for

Tots in the community. With the help of

Connie Ridley matching her donations, the

contribution will be able to provide more

than 68 bags of food to families and many

children with toys on Christmas day.

Toy donations will continue to be collected

through Dec. 15 at the box at the

grocery store. Monetary donations can be

made at the registers.

Johnston is representing All American

Girl Youth Development Program as the

2019-2020 National Cover Girl. AAG

is a three-tier all-natural pageant system

throughout the United States, including

Prelim, State and National levels. Through

AAG young ladies learn leadership skills,

to be confident in themselves, public

speaking, interview skills and how to give

back to the community.

All title-holder girls are encouraged to

do 20 hours of community service. This

year Johnston has a goal of a 100 hours of

community service, and at 38 hours she is

well on her way.

Her year will go until August 2020 when

she travels to Las Vegas to give up her title

and crown the new Cover Girl. Last year as

the 2018 Little Miss Wyoming, she ended

the year with 86 hours of community service.

This included hours with the rest of

the Wyoming All American Girls remodeling

a house for a Home for the Holidays

project. This year’s big project is to bring

awareness to the effects that bullying can

have on children and adults alike. Johnston,

along with her state queen sisters, is

planning an event for the summer that will

help get the message out. To get involved

with this project or AAG you can contact

Wyoming All American Girl on Facebook

or Johnston on her personal page “Kandis

Dawn.”

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