Christmas for Moore, a local nonprofit dedicated to serving individuals and families in need of assistance at Christmas time, has expanded its reach each year, and 2019 is no exception.
More than 1,500 county residents registered at four sites in Carthage, Southern Pines and West End in September, and they also have a waiting list of local families who were unable to attend registrations and are in need.
“We still have a need for sponsors and do still have families with children for those potential sponsors looking for a family with children,” says Eleanora Voelkel, chair of the group’s board of directors. “We want to bring cheer and God’s love to our community at Christmas every year, and need a few more sponsors to accomplish our goal for 2019.”
Christmas for Moore diligently matches sponsors with individuals and families; however, approximately 100 participants remain unsponsored at this time.
“We are so grateful to our sponsors,” Voelkel adds. “In past years, due to a faithful group of local churches, businesses, organizations and individuals, we have never had to turn a qualified family away.”
The Salvation Army of Moore County and many local churches, including Brownson Presbyterian, Southern Pines, Pinehurst and West End United Methodist churches, Our Savior Lutheran, Seven Lakes Chapel in the Pines, Community Congregational and The Village Chapel, all sponsor program participants in need annually through Christmas for Moore.
“These supporters are vital to the program, but we still need all of those individuals, businesses, civic clubs and community groups to sponsor a family or two to help fulfill the Christmas for Moore mission of a neighbor to neighbor outreach,” Voelkel says.
Those who agree to become a sponsor provide gifts, including household items, clothing, toys and food to qualified program participants.
“So many residents of Moore County are struggling to provide the basic needs for their families,” Voelkel says. “With the generosity of the community acting as sponsors and donors to the program, Christmas for Moore needs your help to match up these remaining 100 program participants with sponsors.”
To assist with a donation, checks may be mailed to Christmas for Moore, P.O. Box 3962, Pinehurst, N.C., 28374. All donations are tax-deductible.
Courtesy photo: Christmas for Moore gift distribution at Village Chapel in Pinehurst in 2018.