Friday, October 5, 2012
Community members are scheduled to host a fundraiser Saturday for the family of a little girl who was killed by a stray bullet last month.
Kimbra Moore died September 4th after the bullet went through the wall of her mobile home.
"Losing a child in that way is very, very tragic, and the family has had a lot stacked against them since then," said Marcia Shepler, Kimbra's former school principal at White Elementary in Wichita. One of Kimbra's siblings still attends White Elementary.
All the pain that has followed Kimbra's death has left her mother, Cheris, without a job. She has at least $4,500 in unpaid funeral expenses.
Shepler has watched the family of her former student face one painful challenge after another.
"It spurred us to think about what else we could do," Shepler said.
When Shepler learned Kimbra's mother, Cheris, had lost her job because of all the time she missed dealing with the challenges, Shepler wanted to find a way to help her pay the bills.
"We just felt that if we could remove that off her plate, she could focus more on the things she needs to do and focus on the two little children she has," Shepler said.
About a week ago, Shepler asked fellow members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3115 Riders Group for their help.
"I really thought they were going to pass the hat around at some of the VFW posts and Legion posts," Shepler said.
But the VFW riders shifted her plan into a much higher gear than she expected.
"They revved it up big time," Shepler said.
Riders President, Terry Fletcher, says Kimbra's story touched all 31 members who were at the meeting that night.
"They just jumped right on it and said, 'This is a worthy cause. Let's do it. We need to get behind this and somehow prevent stuff like this from happening,'" Fletcher said.
The riders channeled their emotions into sending emails and reaching out to local businesses such as a local Freddy's Frozen Custard and Steakburgers restaurant, which signed on to host a fundraiser.
Other businesses have also expressed interest in supporting the effort, Shepler said.
"It gives you a new faith in people in general," Shepler said. "There are a few bad folks out there, but there are a ton of wonderful, giving people."
The fundraiser is Saturday, October 6th at Freddy's Frozen Custard and Steakburgers at 11525 East 13th Street (E. 13th and Greenwich). VFW riders will accept donations from 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
The money raised will be deposited into a memorial fund set up at Emprise Bank.
If you can't make it, you can donate to that fund at any time at any Emprise Bank location. Checks should be made out to the Kimbra Rose Moore Memorial Fund.