MUHLENBERG COUNTY, KY (12/04/12) – A Muhlenberg County couple is collecting toys for Christmas gifts in memory of their grandson, Michael Dewayne Moore, who passed away December 18, 2010 at 20-years-of-age. His memory is being carried on through his family in the spirit of good will and giving to others during their own time of need.
Mike and his wife Christy started Michael’s Gifts last year as a way to keep Michael’s spirit in memory. Mike told SurfKY News that they felt like Christmas was going to be a time of sadness as they moved forward, and they wanted to find some way to channel their grief for a good cause. Mike said he’s aware that there are many groups doing the same sort of charity or mission work this time of year; however, “Lots of children and families fall through the cracks,” he said.
The couple began the Michael’s Gifts mission last Christmas and started informing others in the community about it via Facebook. They partnered with Fred’s Dollar Store, located on Everly Brothers Blvd. in Central City, to collect toys as well. There is a bin set up inside the store with Michael’s memorial picture on it so that anyone shopping may donate a toy for the mission. Fred’s is also donating all of the gift wrap to the Moore family for distribution to the families who get the gifts.
He said that they prefer the gifts to be within the $5-$10 price range and specifically for children 12 and under. He expressed that he realizes there are children over the age of 12 who also need gifts; however, it wasn’t feasible for them to be able to purchase as many gifts for older children, whose gift preference isn’t simply in toys but rather video games, electronics, and other things that aren’t suitable for a toy drive. They are also asking that there be no monetary donations made, as they are trying to focus on gifting toys only and would rather donators purchase the toys themselves. Mike said that he and his wife will be more than happy to make arrangements with the people who donate toys to pick them up.
Anyone who decides to pick up a $5-$10 toy for gifting can drop it at the Fred’s toy bin or may contact Moore via personal email. That contact information also applies to anyone who is or knows a family with children having personal financial struggles during this Christmas season and may not be able to provide toys for their children.
Mike further explained that they usually begin dropping off the toys and wrapping paper to families about a week before Christmas. He said they like to try to get to the homes during the school day or while the children are not at home. “We want the parents to be able to give the gifts to their kids without having to explain where they came from.”
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