Madelyn Demmons, 11, competed for the second year in a row in the annual Maine Christmas Angel Pageant. The pageant took place at Hampden Academy in Hampden in December. Madelyn competed in beauty and outfit of choice. She was crowned first princess, second in her age division, most photogenic and Miss Sweetheart.
A requirement to compete in the Maine Christmas Angel Pageant is for kids to collect non-perishable food items and new unwrapped toys. All donations benefit the Good Shepherd Food Bank, Manna Ministries as well as local agencies. Madelyn went above and beyond her duties this year, collecting 300 food items, several new toys, and 298 clothing items (including many new jackets and warm clothing items), and all of her donations were given to the Windham Food Pantry.
Another project that is dear to Madelyn's heart is sending Christmas cards to soldiers, both wounded and deployed. She started doing this when her brother was deployed overseas during the holiday season in 2009. She didn't want anyone to be forgotten at Christmas and she has made it her mission to make sure that no one is! With help from her dance team, DM Dance and her classmates at Windham Middle School, we were able to send 120 cards to our nation’s service men and women.
This pageant is about more than just dressing up pretty. It's about remembering the true meaning of Christmas, something which is easy to forget during a busy time of year.