Miss COED 2017’s Lexy Milliken Is Changing The Way We View Homelessness

To say we’re proud to have Lexy Milliken as one of our Miss COED 2017 semifinalists is an understatement. The 19-year-old at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill may only be a freshman, but she’s already accomplished more than many people twice her age.

As an Exercise and Sport Science major, Lexy loves helping people and ultimately hopes to one day become a pediatric physical therapist. Her parents instilled in her the importance of helping those in need and giving back to the community at a young age, which is why she’s also passionate about volunteering at her local homeless shelter. In fact, Lexy has made it her mission to educate others on the truth about the homeless; they aren’t all “lazy and nasty” people.

Just recently, Lexy hosted a Christmas party where she asked her guests to bring an item such as food or hygiene products to be donated. In other words, this awesome lady is wise beyond her years and is no doubt making her parents proud.

Get to know more about our semifinalist below, and be sure to check back daily as we get to know each of our contestants a bit better.

A little about the Union County Community Shelter…

The Union County Community Shelter, is my hometown’s local homeless shelter. I have worked with them and for them ever since I was a little girl and I am extremely passionate about ending homelessness. Homelessness is a worldwide issue that is all too often overlooked. People have common misconceptions about the homeless, often thinking they are lazy and nasty, but that couldn’t be farther from the truth. I have made a point in my life to educate others on the truth about the homeless and have done many different things in the past to help make that happen. For example, at my 16th birthday party I asked for monetary and food donations instead of presents and the results were overwhelming! I also regularly work in the kitchen serving dinner and at their annual benefit dinner, amongst various other things. I [also planned] a Christmas party where I asked my guests to bring an item like food, hygiene products, etc. 

Who do you look up to the most and why?

I look up to both of my parents more than anyone else. Both have huge hearts for helping others, which they passed down to me. My dad was honored as our county’s Man of the Year this year and has received many other awards in the community. My mom and dad both serve multiple committees in our community and help with anything they can get their hands on. They have always been there to support me and guide me in the right direction, which I really value. They rock and I hope to be just like them one day.

For the full interview, head to our sister site coed.com.

Follow Lexy on social media:
Snapchat – lexylee0813

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