Baroness Kimberly Moore has created a new program under the Kimberly Moore Foundation that allows recipients of the Adopt A Letter program to volunteer and “Pay it Forward” and join her team of “Hope Ambassadors” . This year Moore has appointed 7 new “Hope Ambassadors” and those chosen are required to do at least 50 hours of community service along her side delivering hope and fulfilling the wishes of children in need. Over the years a handful of Adopt A Letter kids selected and mentored by Moore have assisted in fulfilling the wishes of nearly 5,000 children. Moore says, “The children have always been so eager to work with me and the parents always urged me to take them along. I am not exactly sure if they know the adoption process of these letters, but I think the children still think I work for Santa Claus. When they become teenagers, they never say a word about it (I know they know) but they are never disappointed because they get to witness the simple joy of giving. The experience makes them feel significant to be able to impact someone’s else’s life because it happened to them. Most of the kids are in love with our program as they want to volunteer with me everyday on deliveries during their 2 or 3 week Christmas break instead of staying home and hanging with their friends. I was quite surprised!”
Moore explains how the children have become more appreciative of what they have unlike before, she says, “Most of these children live in impoverished areas and when we visit other families worst off than theirs, children always look at me and say they feel grateful to have what they have.” For the last 6 years Moore has mentored 14 other children, mostly teenagers and has witnessed miracles. She noticed how their grades in school improved and how the kids seemed more excited about their future. They seemed eager to graduate and attend college and some of the kids who’ve been with us a while were the first in their families to go to college!! Moore also noticed the kids have better relations with their families, began to feel a great sense of belonging after volunteering with our program and she also noticed a huge improvement on their self esteem and confidence levels. Moore says, “I was surprised after 9 months of mentoring 16 year old Dominic, I was invited to a parents and teachers conference and they were astounded on how his grades jumped up 2 levels higher. I was really proud of him and I thought to myself, “I really need to grow these programs and get our Echelon members to participate as positive role models for these kids”, so I officially started appointing these kids as “Hope Ambassadors” of our program which made them feel even more significant.”
Those who put in the time and worked hard enough to become a “Hope Ambassador” are:
Dominic and Grissel Luna: Moore met them in 2007 when she first started the Adopt A Letter program. They wrote to the U.S. Post Office after witnessing Kimberly Moore on television making dreams come true and Moore coincidentally picked up their letter in the pile just after Christmas. There were thousands of letters mailed to Santa each day and this letter was directly made to Kimberly. What were the chances of that? Grissel Luna had volunteered with Moore for years since 2007, she was a musician and was the one who inspired Moore to develop the “Keeping Harmony Alive” campaign in Bell Gardens which saves music in school from getting eliminated. Because of Grissel Luna Moore was able to host an event and instrument drive and was able to save the programs for the next 15-20 years. Both Grissel and Dominic have completed over 50 hours each of volunteer work in the community each year.
Mario Granville: He is an incredible musician from Bell Gardens who loved to perform and play the piano. Mario was extremely talented and Moore got his wish adopted and surprised him with a piano at his home. Since then Mario as performed at Moore’s private members organization Echelon, and was recognized by many high level professionals in the entertainment industry. Mario continues to perform at The Echelon Club and has joined the program to help inspire other kids with his music.
Maurice Turner: Like many teenagers he was at a crossroad in his career, loved to read books and write stories. Moore got someone to adopt his wish by getting him a MAC computer. Moore involved him in one of her non-violence campaigns and commercials and got him to participate at one of her Echelon events to speak. Maurice volunteered preparing gifts for the Adopt A letter Winter Wonderland event this Christmas and will continue to volunteer throughout the year!
Denise and Laura Lopez: These 2 lovely girls are sisters and many of you may remember them from FOX News a couple years ago when Moore surprised them at their home. Denise was suffering with Kidney failure and wanted to feel like other kids. Her sister was a straight A student and in high school and expressed a need in politics. Moore fell in love with this family and has been by their sides ever since. Denise and Laura have completed over 50 hours each of volunteer work in the community this Christmas and both sisters have participated as speakers at the Echelon Club’s “Journey from Success to Significance” event with Astronaut Buzz Aldrin. They were also featured in a 2 page spread in Hydrogen Magazine with Kimberly Moore.
Moore says, “I love my Hope Ambassdor program because it motivates our kids to evolve and become agents of positive change in their own community. By now, most of these kids know how to run the program themselves and now are coming up with great innovative ideas on how we can improve and create more programs in the future to help.”