On Saturday, Dec. 10, “Circle of Love,” an ad hoc group comprised of the LGBTQIA community and its allies, hosted the Moore Unity Drive in the Downtown Southern Pines Park benefiting the Foodbank of Central and Eastern NC and Friend to Friend, according to a press release from the group. About 200 people stopped by for fellowship, holiday cheer, and to drop off donations for our neighbors who were hurt by last week’s attack on Moore County and our power grid.
Together, the Moore Unity Drive raised almost $10,000 in cash, checks, and gift cards and a literal truck load of greatly needed in-kind donations for the Food Bank and Friend to Friend. Both nonprofit agencies serve communities that are among the most vulnerable in Moore County, and both agencies were stretched by the power outage.
The Moore Unity Drive is still accepting donations. Monetary donations to benefit the Food Bank and Friend to Friend may be made through Sandhills PRIDE’s website — please designate “Circle of Love” — or directly to the Food Bank or Friend to Friend. In-kind donations such as nonperishable food items, hygiene, and cleaning supplies may be left at Manifest Boutique on Broad St. near the Sunrise Theater for the next week. Circle of Love will make sure they are delivered.
“Circle of Love extends special thanks to Sandhills PRIDE for assisting significantly with the collection of donations, to the Congregational Church of Pinehurst, Starbucks, Lowes Foods, The Fresh Market, and Manifest Boutique for their support, and to the NAACP and our faith and military communities for helping get the word out about the drive,” said the Circle of Love group.
Photo: Loading up the truck to deliver to the Food Bank and Friend to Friend – L to R; Andrew Stetson, Ethan Floyd, John Zopatti, and Jules Latham. Photo by Michael Edwards.