Children in Moody will have a brighter holiday season, thanks to the “Celebrity Waiters” and attendees of the Moody Toys for Kids luncheon.
The event was held on Dec. 6 at the Moody Civic Center to a full house of attendees who were served lunch by local “celebrities” including Miracle League President Kim Sebastian; Friends of Moody Founder Laura Armstrong; St. Clair Co. Leadership Board President Brian Worley; Bank Manager of Heritage South Credit Union Brent Earnest; City of Moody Planning Commission Chairman Larry Golden and his wife Linda Golden; Moody High School Vice-Principal Demetrius Scott; Leeds Water Works Board & Former Moody Mayor Bill Morris; Founder & Director of Shepherd’s Supply Dawn Ellard; St. Clair County Economic Development Council, Chairman Joe Kelly; City of Moody’s Presiding Judge Terry Cromer; St. Clair County Sheriff Billy Murray; City of Moody Councilman Ellis Key; City of Moody - Councilman Nick Rutledge; City of Moody Councilman Lynn Taylor; City of Moody Mayor Joe Lee.
Through donations, silent auction, and attendance, the event raised over $21,000 this year for Toys for Kids. This money will be used to purchase new toys for children in need in the Moody area.
“We know that without their[celebrity waiters] help we cannot provide the joy of Christmas to the children who need that magic in their lives,” said Melissa Fraser with the City of Moody.
Recently retired Moody Fire Chief Joe Nobles started raising funds to purchase toys for children over 35 years ago, when he first began with the Moody Fire Department. During that time, his efforts have helped over 1700 children have a brighter Christmas.
Nobles organized the Toys for Kids luncheon 10 years ago. At this year’s event, Moody Mayor Joe Lee honored Nobles’ efforts with a certificate of appreciation.
“This is not just a one-man effort,” Nobles said. “This is a city-wide event. Our volunteers, fire department, police department and City Hall have made this program successful.”
Nobles retired as the Moody Fire Chief in June of this year.
“All money goes to buy kids Christmas in the city of Moody,” Mayor Joe Lee told those in attendance.