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Moore wants what’s best for Florence

on Tuesday, 03 May 2016. Posted in Letters to the Editor, Opinions

I am an over-the-road truck driver. I had a load leaving from Florence with a destination to Kansas City, MO. A woman that I know well, asked if she could accompany on the trip and I allowed her to do so. Shortly after the trip began, the woman received a phone call from an unknown caller. It was a call from someone in need. The woman riding with me had never met or even heard of the individual that called her.

The only thing at that time that mattered to my riding companion was that this woman was homeless with a child, because she fled an abusive situation. After my passenger’s conversation with the woman on the phone, we had very little small talk, because my passenger was then on a mission. During the remainder of the ride, I experienced something that was so amazing, compassionate and heartwarming.

The woman riding with me never once said to the caller that she was out-of-town and couldn’t assist at the moment. Instead, she began making phone calls to every contact and organization she knew to get his woman and child some help. She was determined that this mother and child would have a place to sleep. She made phone calls all the way to Missouri and most of the way back from Missouri.

I remember it being around Georgia on the return trip to Florence that I saw a big smile cross my passenger’s face, heard a sigh of relief and it was then that she said to me, “I’ve found a place for them to stay. It’s temporary, but I’ll deal with it further when I get home.” I knew that this woman helped a lot of people and did a lot of things, but it was not until that moment that I realized just how intense and to what magnitude she would go to get someone the help they needed.

This woman has a pure heart for serving others. She loves what she does and proves it by doing so much for so many. There are no racial boundaries. She only sees people and the needs of the Florence community. The woman that rode with me on that trip from Florence to Kansas City, MO is my wife. This is a woman of true conviction. I ask that you vote for my wife, Pat Gibson-Hye Moore in the special election for City Council, District #2 on June 7. When she says that she loves and wants what’s best for the entire Florence Community, she really does mean it. Kermit R. Moore, Florence

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