Beauty queens deliver blankets to sick children

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Several beauty queens passed out handmade blankets Wednesday to patients at Wolfson Children's Hospital.

Miss International Jesse Ladoue, Miss Teen International Haley Pontius, Miss Venezuela International Yenny Medina, and Miss New Zealand International Sheyleen Roberts presented the blankets to patients being cared for at the hospital's new Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit. The women also went on a tour of the hospital Wednesday morning.

Jesse Ladoue said the women were honored to make something for the children staying at the hospital.

"We had a great time making the blankets. All of the contestants got together and we were really touched by the stories of the patients here at Wolfson," she said.

Pontius said winning the crown has allowed her to give back to the community over the past year. She is excited to see the new winners crowned this weekend.

"The crown and sash is more of an accessory and a way that we can go out and have these different opportunities to make someone's life better and make a difference in their life," Pontius said.

The presentation marked their community service work during the week of final competitions.

This month, nearly 200 international beauty queens from across the world are in town as they compete for the titles of Mrs. International, Miss International, and Miss Teen International.

The presentation was a joint effort between The American Heart Association of Jacksonville and International Pageants. The project was sponsored by Visit Jacksonville.

Click here to learn more about the upcoming pageant events.


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