Family charity strives to give ‘Moore’
January 03, 2014, 5:00 pm by Alexandria Randolph
One Marble Falls family is giving whole new meaning to the giving season.
The Moore family of five has created the Moores Giving More project, a charity that collects gently used clothing and home necessities to provide for those in times of need.
"Since Thanksgiving we’ve helped 10 families, from fire victims to people who were just needing help,” said Lisa Moore.
When the Moores first began the project, they collected donations in their home.
"It got to the point that we had little trails between the living room and the kitchen,” she said.
The family soon asked their church, the Marble Falls Church of Christ, to help by providing a storage location for the donations.
With the church’s permission, the family began moving all the donated materials into the house for storage and organization. The house currently has rooms for women’s clothing, men’s clothing, children’s toys, kitchen appliances and furniture.
"The idea is when catastrophe does hit, we can get them clothed that day,” Lisa Moore said.
One of the families to receive help was the Randles, a Granite Shoals family who lost their home and vehicle in a cooking fire on Dec. 7.
"We took them a bunch of clothing and food the day after it happened. The church was able to help them financially,” Moore said.
The family has been using Facebook as a tool to get in contact with donors who may have a specific item that is needed.
"This is a very giving community,” Shawn Moore said. "There are a lot of people giving who are in need themselves.”
Often, Moore said, getting in contact with donors can reveal their need as well.
"We provided Christmas for a family of eight. They had been calling and donating,” Lisa Moore said. "We came to find out the family had never had a Christmas tree. We brought them gifts. A lot of people give and are afraid to ask for help themselves... I picked up yesterday alone four loads, and a man met us with a truckload of stuff. A lot of times I try to hold back the tears. People don’t realize there’s a lot of givers out there.”
The goal for the charity is to work with local food pantries so that those in need can receive both food and clothing.
Moore said that her family is currently working with three other families who need provisions. She said there hasn’t been a day since the organization started that she and her husband Shawn haven’t gone to pickup items from donors.
Moore, who home schools her three children, brings them to work at the donation house every day, and often launders the donations at her home.
Shawn Moore said his family is working for 20 to 30 hours each week on the project.
"We’re taking it one day at a time and enjoying it,” he said.
To donate or volunteer with the project, contact the Moores at 830.385.4455, email to firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the website, www.MooresGivingMore.org.
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