Miss Washington County Aly Johnston at her coronation with runner-up Shaye Johnson, date unspecified, St. George, Utah | Photo by Aly Johnston for St. George News
British stone. george – Aly Johnston is on a mission to help Switchpoint.
Johnston, a marketing major at Utah Tech and the 2022-23 Miss Washington County, dedicates most of her service time to helping families and children.
Originally from Pocatello, Idaho, Johnston came to St. George for school. As Miss Washington County, she had many opportunities to volunteer at the Children’s Museum, where she helped put on shows.
She’s focused on her food drive for Switchpoint, a homeless shelter and community resource center located at 948 North 1300 W St. George.
The event will be held at the shelter on Saturday, January 28, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Johnston will accept canned and packaged food. Basically anything that is well sealed will be accepted, she said.
“Every little thing helps,” Johnston told the St. George News. “Even if you only have one item to bring, I would encourage everyone to drop by and say hello so I can meet you.”
The Utah Food Bank co-sponsored the event. Johnston’s first involvement with Switchpoint is through its Circles program.
“This is a program to help families learn ways to escape poverty,” Johnston said. “It was fantastic and rewarding to watch them over time. They ended up finding jobs and coming out of poverty.
“I’ve loved Switchpoint ever since,” she added. “I’ve met so many amazing people and I consider them my second family. I really want to give back.”
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