something,” she says. Her epiphany came in the summer of 2013, when she was buying bits and pieces to craft a homecoming garter for her boyfriend. “My mom and I were sitting around talking about it, and I said, ‘Why do we even do this; what’s the point?’ We talked about the emphasis on the mum tradition, and the idea of helping others instead kind of popped up.” So Destiny created a fundraiser called Mumz4Kidz, and asked fellow students to forgo expensive mums and garters and instead donate to Youth World, a south Dallas nonprofit organization that helps underprivileged families. Those who donated could wear a Mumz4Kidz T-shirt and ribbon in place of a mum at the big Friday night game. For those who had to have a more traditional homecoming accessory, the group offered a simple, pared-down option. “Some of my best friends are Emerald Belles, and they are required to have a mum,” Destiny says of the Carroll drill team. “We created this ribbon that looks a lot like a mum, and they can pin it on their uniform to wear to the game.” She says about 17 Belles wore the ribbon Emerald Belles who wore the Mumz4Kidz ribbon last year helped spread the word about the satisfaction they experienced helping underprivileged families. Photo courtesy of Angie Rose
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