12 year old Amanda Moore was named the Youth in Philanthropy Day award winner at National Philanthropy Day. Pasco County School Superintendent Kurt Browning, Gulf Middle Principal Mr. Joens and Amanda’s favorite teacher Mr.Saurokus were all in attendance to celebrate her success. “ Amanda’s speech had the entire room in awe and tears with her heartfelt desire to make a difference as it was presented with such confidence and poise”, stated Becky Bennett, President of Nature Coast AFP.
Amanda was nominated by Pasco Kids First for her year long efforts of raising funds selling candy bars at the bowling alley in order to give kids a Christmas to Remember who would have otherwise gone without. In 2013, she sponsored one family and the joy she experienced gave her the drive to do more in 2014. Amanda’s passion and efforts were contagious and several people offered to help sell the candy bars raising more than $2,500.
Amanda was able to individually sponsor 3 families by shopping to fulfill their wish list, wrap the gifts and play Santa’s little helper and deliver the presents with a real life Santa. They even delivered a Christmas Tree and included fire extinguishers to families who didn’t have them. Amanda also was a primary sponsor in the Healthy Families Brunch with Santa in Hudson where nearly 100 kids received a pancake breakfast, gift and picture with Santa.