Faces of Me Fine: Meet Aiyana Watson

In our new series, “Faces of Me Fine,” we will highlight the dedicated people who make sure the organization achieves its mission to support critically ill children and their families at Duke, UNC, and WakeMed Children’s Hospitals. Today, meet Aiyana, a member of the team at Second Hope Shop in Princeton, North Carolina.

Aiyana wearing a gray long sleeved t-shirt and jeans standing in front of clothing racks at Second Hope Store

Although a current sophomore at Princeton High School, Aiyana does not hesitate when asked what she envisions for her career ahead.

“Law enforcement,” Aiyana replied confidently. “I’ve known since middle school. My favorite TV show was Criminal Minds, and that got me started. Working for the FBI is my dream job.”

Aiyana started at Second Hope in August 2017, but it wasn’t her first time to the store. She had been a regular customer and was looking for part-time work. Mary Angel provides a flexible work schedule, so Aiyana is able to work three to four days after school and on the weekends.

When she’s not at school or working at the thrift store, Aiyana enjoys spending time with her dad, especially playing softball. She had played for the school team previously, but was unsure if she would go out this spring. Aiyana looks up to her dad, who is the person who helped connect her to working at Second Hope; he works with kids in need of stable homes. His commitment to being a partner for kids in his community is similar to how Me Fine partners with families going through the unimaginable with their critically ill children.

Me Fine’s Second Hope Shop is located at 5100 US Hwy 70 East in Princeton, North Carolina. You can find updates on sales and specials on the store’s Facebook page or give them a call at 919-202-0445.