- AN OPEN LETTER FROM MRS. NORTH CAROLINA -
Dear Fellow North Carolina Residents,
- Do you ever feel like you want to be a part of something bigger than yourself?
- Do you ever find yourself longing for a sense of contribution and significance?
- Do you know in your heart that you were put on this earth for a greater purpose to be carried out for generations to come? Hi, I'm Wendy and I need your help.
Let me explain...
I'm so incredibly humbled to represent our great state as the new "Mrs. North Carolina". And trust me, I'm not just saying that to say it. I mean it with every fiber in my being. Words can't express what an honor this is. But, I'll tell you a secret.
It's a world that I'm not so familiar with and sometimes I honestly don't feel like I fit in. After all...
- I grew up on a 47 acre farm in a 1200 sq ft house surrounded by cow pastures and forests, in a small town with a population of 1100 in what has been officially ranked as the poorest city in my state by the US Census Bureau
- My dad was a mailman, mom a cafeteria worker and school bus driver (both still are 30 years later)
- I spent my days stacking firewood, loading hay bales, shoveling manure, painting fences, herding cows, and clearing rocks from the fields.
- I grew up wearing Goodwill and flea market clothes
- Had to reuse paper towels, limit our toilet flushes, and line dry our clothes (and much more, which I'll spare you!)
- Struggled most of my life with my self-worth and value after growing up amidst a poverty mindset
- I showed up to the Mrs. North Carolina competition in my gym clothes, had no coach, had never really even watched a pageant on tv, much less ever competed in one before, had zero dance experience, had an evening gown a fraction of the cost of others', and had a mishap with my hair & makeup lady causing her to have to leave before the show and me to "wing it" on my own. Yes, I was by far the unlikely candidate
But I'll tell you what I did have...a burning desire in my heart to make a difference. To impact the lives of those less fortunate, and to stand for what is true and right and good in this world. To show that God can "use the weak to confound the strong" (1 Corinthians 1:27). I think we all need those moments in life that make us feel alive and a sense of pride that we're contributing to the greater good of humanity.
I've discovered that the key to happiness in this life is setting aside your own needs and picking up the needs of others. Living from a state of generosity and having a heart of gratitude is where I always want to find myself. Jesus said, "If you've done it unto the least of these, you've done it unto me".
It also says in Leviticus 19:32 to “Stand up in the presence of the aged and show respect for the elderly"
and in Timothy 5, "Never speak harshly to an older man, but appeal to him respectfully as you would to your own father...Treat older women as you would your mother...Take care of any widow who has no one else to care for her."
This is something that was instilled in me from an early age, to always, under all circumstances, respect your elders.
So when I learned about an organization that's sole purpose is to help the low-income elderly that have basic needs and simple desires that are going unmet, my heart melted. Seeing their precious faces light up during their wish granting celebrations... knowing they don't have to "do without" any longer is enough to bring you to tears. That's when I knew in my heart I just had to be a part of this mission.
The Twilight Wish Foundation grants small, simple wishes to deserving seniors who are unable to cover simple needs such as hearing aids, walkers, wheelchairs, mattresses, and stoves. Things we take for granted every day.
And even though they've been around since 2003 and have granted over 2600 wishes, there are still many in need not getting the little things that would bless them the most.
I love the story of how this foundation got it's start, after the founder had a life-changing encounter with several elderly women in a diner.
The women were counting out their change, that they could barely afford even a simple buffet lunch in a diner, so Ms. Forkin anonymously paid their bill. The women insisted on knowing who treated them and approached her table saying “We didn’t know there were still people out there like you. We thought you had forgotten us.”
When I heard that story, something ignited within me to go on a mission to make sure they know that they're honored, respected, and valued...not forgotten. That we as a society want to make sure they're taken care of.
Having always been taught to honor and respect your elders, I'm thrilled to get the opportunity to inspire others to do the same, restoring their dignity and bringing them hope. I truly believe senior citizens have a wealth of wisdom to offer us younger generations and are the very ones that built our country and made it what it is today.
So whenever I feel unworthy to put this crown on and step out into the public eye, I hold my shoulders back and my head high, and remind myself that this isn't about me.
It's about who I can help along the way. Who's burdens I can help lighten the load of. Who I can inspire with my story to take the limits off of their own lives and start living fearlessly, stepping into their true calling and purpose, and living to be a blessing.
As I set out to embark on this journey of seeking to represent our state with excellence and integrity, I invite you to come along with me. If this mission has touched your heart like it has mine, and you want to lock arms with me and help me fulfill some of these needs that are waiting to be met, then I thank you for whatever gift you're able to make towards helping me bring honor to our greatest generation!
Your support, prayers, and messages of encouragement to stay true to myself and what I'm standing for mean more to me than you'll ever know. Together we can be a part of something much greater than ourselves :)
Wendy"Only a life lived for others is a life worth living."
- Albert Einstein
p.s. Want a chance to win all of this while helping a good cause? Every $50 Donation Enters You Into Mrs. NC's Large Community Raffle With The Following Grand Prize Package! (Valued at $2600):
- Private Sunset Boat Cruise for 8 people including wine, cheese, and your own personal captain by Carefree Boat Club (Value $500)
- 2 House Cleanings by Tip Top Cleaning Solutions (Value $300)
- $100 Gift Card to Choplins Restaurant
- $100 Gift Card to Serenity Now Massage Therapy
- In Studio Hair & Makeup Session - Lovely By Lindsey (Value $150)
- Full Set of Professional Eyelash Extensions by Laura A. Warren (Value $160)
- $50 Gift Card to LC Style Studio - Hair Stylist
- 3 Semi-Private Pilates Sessions by Pilates Physique (Value $95)
- 3 Fit Infrared Bodywrap Sessions by Beach Mist Tan (Value $165)
- Paddleboarding Lesson & Rental for 2 from MyAloha Paddle & Surf ($100 Value)
- 2 Dozen Premium Roses from an anonymous local flower shop
- A Full Month Membership to Gold’s Gym Lake Norman
- $50 Gift Certificate to any service at Kess’ Sleeping Beauty
- $100 Gift Certificate to Al’s Auto Repair
- $50 Gift Certificate to Stallion Mobile Auto Detailing
- Design Consultation from The Shoppes at Home Heart and Soul and Ambiance Interiors (Value $150)
- $100 Mary Kay Product & Pampering Package - Jean Aswell, www.marykay.com/jeanaswell
- Large Box of Produce from Big Pond Farm
- 5 Cases of Huntersville’s local Midas Spring Water
- Custom framed 13x9 photo of the coastline of Malta by Ocaid Photography (Value $125)
To read more of Wendy's story of overcoming adversity or to attend one of her upcoming events: www.meetmrsnc.com
Facebook & Instagram: @wendymjordan / Email: [email protected]
"Stand up in the presence of the elderly, and show respect for the aged." -Leviticus 19:32