When the beauty from North Carolina, Kristen Dalton, was named Miss USA 2010 on a stage in Las Vegas, Nevada, last April, she knew that philanthropy would be a big part of her reign. “I wanted to be Miss USA so I could make a difference and spend much of my time volunteering,” Dalton stated right away. It is clear from her history of volunteerism and fundraising that this was not a statement she said with a light heart.
Volunteerism and giving back started with Kristen at a young age when her church youth group would distribute Christmas gifts to underprivileged families in her hometown. “I was very humbled as a child to see these kids get excited about receiving anything for Christmas, they didn’t care what it was.”