VERMILLION — One can’t argue that when Miracle Webb sets her mind on something, she goes big.
The Vermillion 8-year-old, the daughter of Teri Webb of Vermillion, is currently reigning as the 2019-2020 Little Miss South Dakota through an organization known as Pageant Door. She will be participating in a national competition in Orlando, Florida approximately a year from now, on June 25-28, 2020.
“Pageant Door is online, so she had to do an essay on ending childhood hunger and she had to submit some head shot photos and a video,” Teri said. “She goes to the national competition on June 25 through 28 of next year.”
Teri said Miracle decided the title doesn’t mean much if it doesn’t help make a positive change. So she’s set her sights high — really, really high.
Pageant Door is urging all of its young girl participants, she said, to take positive steps to end childhood hunger.
Miracle currently has, until July 23, a collection box for the Pine Ridge Reservation at the Edith B. Siegrist Vermillion Public Library. Vermillion citizens are encouraged to fill the box with new or gently used clothes, toys and non-perishable food.
“We’re hoping to fill up a U-Haul,” Teri said. “We’re going to drive the donated items to the reservation at the end of this month or in early August. Miracle is also trying to pay for all of the kids’ school lunches in Vermillion this year.”
To do that, Miracle has set a goal to raise over $50,000 — $52,500 to be exact — so that she can pay for the school lunches for every student enrolled in the Vermillion School District this upcoming 2019-20 school year.
“It’s a high amount, but we didn’t know exactly how much we should go for — this is a ballpark figure,” Teri said, “and it will definitely pay for it.”
Miracle is selling popcorn and candles door-to-door to raise money for the school lunch fund.
“We stopped her pageant fee fundraisers as of now because this is a little more important for her,” Teri said. “She’s fundraising with Pizza Hut, and July 24, 20 percent of their proceeds go to her and people who buy online anywhere in the state of South Dakota — if they put her promo code in, 20 percent of that money goes directly toward paying for school lunches.”
She added that they are hoping to set up similar funding arrangements with other restaurants.
“We’re looking for donations from businesses and we’re giving them a goal,” Teri said, “and they’ll be recognized on all the flyers and banners. We’re trying to get businesses involved as well as her doing footwork. We are out there every day, pretty much.”
More information about Miracle and her various projects can be found on Facebook @ Little Miss South Dakota 2019. She has begun a GoFundMe account for herself @ Little Miss South Dakota Going To Nationals Vermillion SD.
Miracle has a second GoFundMe account for the school lunches @ Miracles Miracle Wish For Free School Lunches Vermillion SD.