Ms. American Elegance Lady 2019-20
My name is Kimberly McGee and I am a mother of four; Cherese, Jocelyn, Jack, and Kenneth. In 2010 my son, Kenneth was diagnosed with bipolar and schizophrenia at the age of 17. I was numb, and I did not know what to do, I was trying to save my child, but he would not let me. The medications that he takes are only soothers to his disorder, and sometimes I feel like my love is just not enough. After years of battling with his mental illness, I decided that more must be done, and that is when I started My Promise to Give.
My Promise to Give is a ministry that I started in 2015, with the intentions of having an outlet to cope with the inability to truly help my son. My Promise to Give donates coats in the winter to Deborah’s Place. I founded “Bingo with the Queen” I’m at Deborahs Place every other month playing bingo , is transitional housing for homeless women. Monthly we pass out food, clothes, rat traps, and propane containers to the mentally ill homeless population that lives under viaducts (tent city) and under Lower Wacker Drive in Chicago.
Through this foundation I pass out literature on mental illness and homelessness. In 2016 and 2017 I walked a 5K marathon for the National Alliance for Mentally Ill to raise money and awareness to the mentally ill population.
I am filled with a sense of purpose that is beyond me, a purpose that says I must and will continue, not just for myself, but for my son and for others who are mentally ill and homeless. Pageantry has help me in my quest to help the mentally ill homeless community.