INVERNESS, Fla. (WFLA) — The holidays will be much brighter for some kids in Tampa Bay, thanks to the efforts of a 13-year-old girl with a big heart and a talent for making bracelets.
On Tuesday, Kueira Moore, 13, will drop off $1,000 worth of toys at the Citrus County Family Resource Center, an organization that for the last 33 years, has been helping Citrus County children and families in need.
The 6th grader has raised an impressive amount of money since she began her fundraising project about four months ago.
“Over the summer, I was watching TV and saw a little girl on the news raising money for her friend,” said Moore, who is a student at Inverness Middle School.
“I wanted something that I could do over the summer to help people,” she said.
Moore makes bracelets using a Bandaloom kit. She asks people to donate any amount they’d like. When people donate, she gives them a bracelet.
Moore raised the money by setting up a table in her neighborhood featuring her handmade bracelets. She also used social media to spread the word. Moore’s fundraising efforts are chronicled with posts and comments on a Facebook page “Spreading Love Kueira’s Way” that her mom, Jenni, helped her set up. The Facebook page has hundreds of followers and she’s received donations from people in other states. One man donated $500 to her cause.
Moore says she accepts donations in any amount for her bracelets, even a dollar. “That dollar can buy a baby bottle, so anything can help.”
Moore’s mom says her daughter has a giving nature and has always had a desire to help others. “I don’t even have the words to describe, I am beyond proud,” said her mother Jenni.
One of Moore’s biggest role models has been comedian and talk show host Ellen DeGeneres. Moore watches Ellen on TV every day after she gets home from school. She likes it when Ellen helps people in need.
“I Love Ellen… She’s my inspiration,” said Moore. “I see how she gives away things to people in need. I follow in her footsteps.”
“She adores Ellen,” said mom Jenni, whose says her daughter told her, “That’s what I want to do.”
The Citrus County Family Resource Center isn’t the sole recipient of Moore’s generous heart. The middle school student recently purchased Christmas gifts for a family in need, who she learned about on Facebook. She has also donated her time to help prepare a meal for 300 people in need at a Florida church.
“She doesn’t ask for anything. She doesn’t want for anything. She’s just that giving,” said mom, Jenni.
Moore’s efforts are greatly appreciated by the Citrus County Family Resource Center. “We need the community to be involved or we couldn’t get it done,” said CCFRC Director Ginger West.
The organization helps 2,000 kids over the Christmas holidays. The center puts together gift packages that also include things like socks, underwear, blankets and a book. West appreciates the young Citrus girl’s fundraising efforts. “I think it’s really neat,” she said.
Moore would like to someday open a shelter for less fortunate families who need a place to eat and shower.
“My heart feels overjoyed when I help people,” she said.