Wendy Moore is throwing a party, raising money to purchase these custom toboggans for students at Hearne Elementary School.
By Lisa Boykin Batts
Times Associate Editor
Wendy Moore plans to warm some little heads this winter with support for her Toboggans for Lil’ Noggins fundraiser.
Moore wants to supply a toboggan to each of the 450 students at Hearne Elementary School.
Moore lives near the Gold Street school and watches children walk by her house every weekday. Some walk up to eight blocks to get to school, she said.
On a particularly cold day last winter, Moore saw two brothers walking by her house. She knows the boys and noticed they weren’t in their usual good mood.
“They didn’t have hats on,” she said, and were very cold. “A lot of these kids, for whatever reason, don’t have hats.”
She got the idea then to help them.
Every other year, Moore celebrates her birthday with a fundraiser to help a cause. “I don’t need anything,” she said, “but there is so much need out in the community.” The first year of the fundraisers, she made enough money to buy 500 copies of “Where The Wild Things Are” for Wilson County Schools students. The next time, she raised $2,000 to buy supplies for a friend’s self-contained classroom for special needs students.
This year’s celebration is Aug. 19 at 217 Brew Works.
Already, Moore has raised more than $2,000 for the project. Her goal is $3,000. She says the community has really supported the effort.
If she has extra money, she will buy hats for the school’s educators as well.
The royal blue hats, designed by Tate Design, feature the school’s colors and mascot, a hornet. They are also adorned with an embroidered Y, representing the YMCA, a partner in the event. Moore is member services director at Wilson Family YMCA.
The Aug. 19 party is from 5 to 10 p.m. and will include music by the band The Smashed Cardinals from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. and the food truck Baguettaboutit. The food truck is based in Raleigh and serves N.C. sausages stuffed in French baguettes and featuring Baguettaboutit speciality sauces. There will also be a silent auction and 50/50 drawing. Craft beer and soda will be available for purchase.
Admission is a donation of any amount.
Hearne students and staff are familiar with Moore, who visited once a week last year with Jillian’s Pantry. With that project, members of the YMCA provided healthy snacks for a third-grade classroom at the school. Moore said the Y plans to continue that effort this school year.