Miss Walton County USA 2021, Emily Thrower, was on hand at the Story Shop in Monroe Saturday to help young readers learn about frontline workers during the pandemic – and then to thank them for their service.
During Saturday’s Story Time at the books store, the young attendees got to hear about the frontline workers and then Thrower helped them make Valentine’s Day cards for Walton County’s frontline workers.
“I talked to them about the different kinds of frontline workers such as Nurses, Doctors, EVS Workers, firefighters, and police and all that they do for our community,” Thrower said. “Then I let them choose whichever they wanted to write to, and they made a valentine card for that kind of frontline worker! We were fortunate enough to have a couple of nurses and policemen in the room, so that made it incredibly special.”
The issue is very personal for Thrower who has made it her platform as she competes for Miss Georgia USA later this month.
“I am actually the daughter of a nurse,” Thrower said, adding that her mother has Multiple Sclerosis so is at risk health-wise herself but she has continued to go to work. “So I see first hand what they go through. When she continued to go to work I decided to make it my platform.”
Thrower also has raised money for frontline workers, raising more than $5,000 for Athens area hospitals through a fundraiser at Mellow Mushroom. She said her mother was at Piedmont Athens but has now moved to Piedmont Rockdale.
Thrower will join another local resident in McDonough the weekend of Feb. 18 – 20, 2021 as they compete for the state titles. Thrower will be competing for the Miss Georgia USA title and the current Miss Georgia NE Teen USA, Joanna Alvarado, who is from Loganville, will be competing for the Miss Georgia USA Teen title.