February 23, 2018

Julie Moyers: More than just Santa for a Season

Heather Dawes
Grainger Today Reporter

BEAN STATION – Julie Moyers held the annual Moyers’ toy giveaway Tuesday, Nov. 21 at her father’s home in Bean Station.

Before the toy giveaway she had her annual “thank you” lunch at her home where she hosted 15-20 volunteers with a meal that she prepared and purchased herself. In her home, there were two Christmas trees and lots of food. The meal consisted of homemade ham, corn, green beans, rolls and a chocolate cake that was prepared by her daughter-in-law.

Moyers and the group then proceeded to her father’s home. This is where the toys that she has purchased throughout the year with donations are given out to parents. Moyers sings at the Harvest Pride Fall Festival “with a bucket” she said to collect donations for this event. She also said she expected to help around 200 children this year.

Moyer expressed special thanks to Terry Law Firm and Dr. Grimaldi’s offices for the donations that had been made. She said, “there are so many people that I needed to thank, but I just can’t think right now.”

Moyers said, “I do this because I have been blessed. My husband was diagnosed with M.S. and he is still well, so I have to pass the blessings along.” Moyers said this is her “10th, 11th or 12th year doing this.”

According to her father, Ed Moyers, and the newspaper clipping from 2011 that he proudly shows, Moyers has been giving gifts to less fortunate children for 16 years.

Several schools are contacted by Moyers, who also gives back-to-school items to children who may need shoes or clothes. She isn’t just Santa for the holidays. She works all year round to help local needy families. She said, “ We had two families whose houses burnt down this year that we helped. They had nothin’, so we gave them clothes and stuff.”

Families that are signed up come from Sneedville, Bean Station, Mooresburg and a few from Morristown. The teachers and local school systems work with Moyers to determine which children’s families could use the extra help. Moyers said, “ I want to help people here. A lot of people do shoe boxes and send them overseas and to Belize and places. We have kids here that need our help, and nobody was doing it. So I started doing it.”

Moyers also said that she hoped to get more assistance in the future from some local agencies. “We have taken over my father’s basement for years now. I am blessed to have my father and that he puts up with me. It would be nice if one of these local places would offer to let us hold it there. I’m sure he (her dad) wants his space back.”

 

 

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Julie Moyers: More than just Santa for a Season

Heather Dawes
Grainger Today Reporter

BEAN STATION – Julie Moyers held the annual Moyers’ toy giveaway Tuesday, Nov. 21 at her father’s home in Bean Station.

Before the toy giveaway she had her annual “thank you” lunch at her home where she hosted 15-20 volunteers with a meal that she prepared and purchased herself. In her home, there were two Christmas trees and lots of food. The meal consisted of homemade ham, corn, green beans, rolls and a chocolate cake that was prepared by her daughter-in-law.

Moyers and the group then proceeded to her father’s home. This is where the toys that she has purchased throughout the year with donations are given out to parents. Moyers sings at the Harvest Pride Fall Festival “with a bucket” she said to collect donations for this event. She also said she expected to help around 200 children this year.

Moyer expressed special thanks to Terry Law Firm and Dr. Grimaldi’s offices for the donations that had been made. She said, “there are so many people that I needed to thank, but I just can’t think right now.”

Moyers said, “I do this because I have been blessed. My husband was diagnosed with M.S. and he is still well, so I have to pass the blessings along.” Moyers said this is her “10th, 11th or 12th year doing this.”

According to her father, Ed Moyers, and the newspaper clipping from 2011 that he proudly shows, Moyers has been giving gifts to less fortunate children for 16 years.

Several schools are contacted by Moyers, who also gives back-to-school items to children who may need shoes or clothes. She isn’t just Santa for the holidays. She works all year round to help local needy families. She said, “ We had two families whose houses burnt down this year that we helped. They had nothin’, so we gave them clothes and stuff.”

Families that are signed up come from Sneedville, Bean Station, Mooresburg and a few from Morristown. The teachers and local school systems work with Moyers to determine which children’s families could use the extra help. Moyers said, “ I want to help people here. A lot of people do shoe boxes and send them overseas and to Belize and places. We have kids here that need our help, and nobody was doing it. So I started doing it.”

Moyers also said that she hoped to get more assistance in the future from some local agencies. “We have taken over my father’s basement for years now. I am blessed to have my father and that he puts up with me. It would be nice if one of these local places would offer to let us hold it there. I’m sure he (her dad) wants his space back.”