Nobody thought he could do it. But, 3-year old Kyrian Jackson picked up the black metal handle of the little red wagon and pulled with all of his might and it began to roll despite the weight it was carrying.
The wagon was filled with an estimated 50 pounds of soda tabs that Jackson and the Rabbit Fest royalty had collected for the Ronald McDonald House Charities in Temple.
Jackson, the reigning Miniature Mister Rabbit Fest, took on the community service project during his yearlong reign, asking others to collect the tabs including his fellow Rabbit Fest titleholders. His parents, Klint and Holli Jackson, also encouraged collections through family members, friends and social media. Holli Jackson said it’s important to give her son strong community values from a very young age.
“We want him to know how to help people and to be generous. We want him to be a kind person,” Holli Jackson said. “(Collecting the tabs) is the first step in showing the importance and value in helping others in need.”
Kyrian Jackson and the royalty pulled the wagon to its destination in the backroom of the Ronald McDonald House where they emptied bag after bag of tabs filling up garbage cans. The tabs will be sold to a metals company, and the money will be used to house the families of children hospitalized at Scott & White Medical Center.
The royalty were honored for their volunteer service by the Pink Warrior Angel Foundation. The titleholders have been involved with the organization and its founder, Julie Moser, since the pageant began in 2014.
“Having the royalty help in one of the fastest growing years for Pink Warrior Angels has been a monumental amount of help. Many people do not realize all that it takes for running an event,” Moser said. “The royalty have always been there to help from simply checking participants, handing out water, cheering on runners to set up and tear down. Every bit helps and is greatly appreciated from each and every one of the royalty.”
Some of the youngest royalty had a very sweet appearance with Bits N Bites Bakery in a photo shoot to promote the pageant. One of the first appearances for the new royalty in 2016 was the grand opening of the small business and their last appearance will be the shop’s anniversary celebration from 1 to 4 p.m. May 6.
In royal sightings this week, the royalty have photo shoots with pageant sponsors Giovanni’s, A Blissful Escape Spa Salon and Tanning and Topsie Safari. They will also be erecting collection boxes for pet supplies and food donations for Thanks for the Little Things to help those in need.
Finally, they will be handing out the trophies at the Copperas Cove Moose Lodge Car and Motorcycle Show on Saturday.