|Kimberly Moore (L) wih a grateful recipient.(R)|
The Adopt-A-Letter was inspired in 2007 by Baroness Kimberly Moore, CEO of “The Echelon Club” just 10 days before Christmas when a simple idea arose to answer Santa letters at the US Post Office written from thousands of children living in the community. What turned out to be a cute idea, Ms. Moore was shock to find hundreds of letters written from such needy children and families expressing their Christmas wishes to Santa. While some children wished for toys, others were asking Santa for food, school supplies, blankets and warm socks for their mom. A six year boy writes: "Dear Santa, All I want for Christmas is is a nice warm meal with my family." "When I started reading these letters, I was heart broken," says Ms. Moore. “I would have never imagined that there would be so many children requesting such simple things, right here in our own community. Ms Moore and Echelon member Patrice Farameh decided to take matters into their own hands and answer hundreds of letters of children living in some of the most impoverished areas and making their Christmas wishes come true.
The Adopt-A-Letter program would allow Echelon members and friends to adopt a letter of a needy child, collect the gifts and personally deliver to them on Christmas day as Santa’s helpers. As the word began to spread, they received more than 3 truck loads of adopted gifts, adopting over 1,500 Christmas wishes (as seen on Fox 11News). All gifts were delivered door to door along with volunteers and personal escorts provided by the LAPD. Since then, Ms Moore kept in touch with some of the neediest families and decided to take it a step further. She began mentoring some of the children in the communities, building educational projects which inspired a variety of campaigns which also lead to securing music programs in public schools. The program not only answers wishes from Santa, but adopts requests from underprivileged children and families providing relief and mentorship through out the year. The Adopt-A-Letter program has already secured almost 15,000 Christmas presents for 2008.