Earth Queens recycle the love visiting hospitalized children

By Sandra Silva….

Kelly Saks, Miss Earth Florida (right), Lauren Goodman Miss Teen Earth Gulf Coast and Brittney Ronda Miss Teen Earth Florida pose with Necol Ronda, one of the pageant’s volunteers, during the toy donation at the Miami Children’s Hospital on Dec. 30.

Miss Earth Florida Kelly Saks, Miss Teen Earth Florida Brittney Ronda and Miss Teen Earth Gulf Coast Lauren Goodman collected more than 300 gifts this holiday season during different efforts including toy drives and donation drop offs. These toys were donated to the young patients at Baptist Children’s Hospital and Miami Children’s Hospital.

Ronda and a group of Florida Earth Pageants volunteers visited Baptist Hospital on Christmas Day to bring toys and smiles to children spending the holidays at the facility. Santa was a special guest and an additional surprise for the children, who welcomed the teen queens and the jolly man with open arms.

Saks, Ronda and Goodman repeated the effort on Dec. 30, this time at the Miami Children’s Hospital where giant and dressed up bears were brought to each of the kids’ rooms.

The initiative is part of Recycle the Love, one of the pageant’s platforms created by Miss Teen Earth Florida Brittney Ronda.

Earth titleholders are asked to create their own projects based on their interests and goals, and these projects are developed during their reigning year.

Miss Earth is one of the three largest pageants in the world. More than 80 countries compete each year, including the United States. Florida Earth Pageants are preliminaries to the system and in June of each year choose the Sunshine State’s titleholders who compete for the national title. The winners reign for one year and participate in diverse events throughout Florida.

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