Northern Moore Family Resource Center
This year marks the fourth annual Santa’s Workshop created by Clare Ruggles, Director of the Northern Moore Family Resource Center. Starting in October letters were sent to parents saying they wanted to “lend a helping hand at Christmas.” Parents filled out a form listing every child in the home, their ages, sex, and clothing sizes. Once the letters returned to NMFRC, members got a total count of children then provided local organizations with a list of children’s sex and sizes. Community partners from all over Moore County joined in to help fill needs with clothing and toys. Once all donations were in the items were unpacked and the office was turned into a store in which each family was then assigned a shopping time and when they arrived they were paired with a volunteer who helped them shop. Parents were able to choose a shirt, pair of pants, a coat, and a pair of shoes for each of their children along with two toys and a book for each child as well.
Since December marks our 30th anniversary here at Central Security Systems, we wanted to keep with the 30 theme so we purchased 30 new coats in various sizes, 30 new warm hats, and 30 pairs of gloves for the Santa’s Workshop. We also conducted a coat drive and with all the wonderful donations from our staff and, customers, and friends we were able to donate a total of 212 warm items to the Northern Moore Family Resource Center. This year because of the all the donations from participating Moore County organizations NMFRC was able to provide 567 children with warm clothing and Christmas gifts.
Without all the partners Santa’s workshop would not have been possible. A special thanks to Clare Ruggles and all the NMFRC board members who give their time year round through their other programs such as after school programs, summer camps, the Individual Development Account program, and the Little Free Library program. Thanks to the generosity of so many people in Moore County, these deserving children will have a very merry Christmas. To find out more about the Moore County Family Resource Center please visit their website.
Jimmy V Foundation
“Don’t Give Up . . . Don’t Ever Give Up!”®
Serving as the heartbeat of The V Foundation for Cancer Research, formed by ESPN and Jim Valvano in 1993, his words throughout the ESPY speech inspire millions to get involved. After being diagnosed with cancer at the young age of 46, Jim dreamed of finding cures for cancer. Passionate and committed, he wanted to see his fight through to victory. As a former coach, he began to recruit his team of family and friends to lead The Foundation in his quest to eradicate the disease.
As a cancer patient, Jim recognized the need to invest in young physicians and scientists to help establish their careers—after all, someone had invested in him early in his career! Addressing the need to help early-career cancer investigators develop into promising research talents was the first goal of The Foundation. The V Scholar concept was developed in 1994 to address that need. Today, this highly respected award is eagerly sought by young physicians and scientists at the nation’s leading cancer centers.
As with any patient, Jim discovered first-hand how slowly science progresses from the lab to the patient’s bedside. He wanted faster solutions, more progress and better answers. In 2001, eight years after his death, The V Foundation announced its Translational Research Grants, designed to accelerate laboratory findings with the goal of benefiting patients more quickly.
Although Jim lost his battle with cancer less than two months after delivering the ESPY speech, his dream to find cures lives on through research grants bestowed in his name. The V Foundation has awarded more than $130 million to more than 120 facilities nationwide and proudly awards 100% of direct cash donations to cancer research and related programs. Due to generous donors, The Foundation has an endowment that covers administrative expenses.
The V Foundation has a strong presence in the scientific community, and it is guided by an elite, all-volunteer Scientific Advisory Committee, that recommends the research projects funded. The Committee is comprised of top physicians and research scientists from prominent universities and cancer centers throughout the country. Working with this team of talented professionals, we are proud to carry out Jim’s vision for the future.
Jim’s dream of finding cures for cancer is shared by millions. Although we have not yet achieved this goal, every day we get a little bit closer and continue to honor his inspiring words, “Don’t Give Up . . . Don’t Ever Give Up!” ®
Gary Sinese Foundation
At the Gary Sinise Foundation, we serve our nation by honoring our defenders, veterans, first responders, their families, and those in need.
We do this by creating and supporting unique programs designed to entertain, educate, inspire, strengthen, and build communities.
“Freedom and security are precious gifts that we, as Americans, should never take for granted. We must do all we can to extend our hand in times of need to those who willingly sacrifice each day to provide that freedom and security. While we can never do enough to show gratitude to our nation’s defenders, we can always do a little more.”
– Gary Sinise