Christmas spirit alive and well at Latimer House

Woman gives bounty from shopping spree to GJ charity

KIM MOORE DELIVERS gifts she bought for the Latimer House after a Visa shopping spree she won earlier this year. Moore originally won a $1,000 shopping spree when she was selected at random in a Macy’s Visa contest. When Olympic athlete Kerri Walsh and Macy’s learned Moore was spending the money on charity, Walsh and Visa each gave Moore $1,000 to spend. The proceeds went to Latimer House.

Kim and Richard Moore learned it is fun to shop with other people’s money.

Earlier this month, Kim and her husband, Richard, went on a $3,000 shopping spree at a Los Angeles Macy’s store to purchase items for the Latimer House.

Every dime of that $3,000 was donated to the Moores, who live in Grand Junction.

The shopping spree was part of Kim Moore’s grand prize package from a Macy’s Visa contest. Kim Moore randomly won the package this summer simply by using her Macy’s Visa credit card.

She can’t remember what she bought.

The Visa package included an all-expenses paid vacation for two to the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing and a beach volleyball date with gold medalist Kerri Walsh.

Initially, Walsh was supposed to come to Grand Junction to play volleyball with Kim Moore.

When Walsh, a California resident, learned she was pregnant, she did not want to travel.
Macy’s substituted in an L.A. shopping spree with Walsh.

“I was having a hard time justifying going to Macy’s and dragging Kerri Walsh around to look at boots and purses,” Kim Moore said. “A friend said, ‘Why don’t you shop for charity?’ ”

Before she flew to California, Kim Moore went to the Latimer House to get a “wish list” of items from the Hilltop agency that works with victims of domestic violence.

“I basically got everything on the list,” Kim Moore said.

Initially, Kim Moore thought she had $1,000 to spend at Macy’s. When Walsh and Macy’s learned Kim Moore decided to spend her $1,000 on charity, the company and the Olympic champion each gave an additional $1,000 for Kim Moore to spend.

Kim, Richard and Kerri Walsh walked around Macy’s earlier this month, throwing $3,000 worth of clothes, housewares and toys on a flatbed cart.

“It was more fun that I thought,” said Richard Moore, who admittedly is not much of a shopper.

“She is such a sweetheart,” Kim Moore said of Walsh.

On Wednesday, Kim wore a red dress and Santa hat to deliver the items to the Latimer House.

“We’ve never had someone walk in and give us $3,000 in new goods,” said Jackie Sievers, Hilltop’s director of child and family services.

Kim Moore admitted 2008 was a memorable year for her family. While in China this summer for the Olympics, Kim and Richard toured historic Chinese landmarks and watched American gymnasts Shawn Johnson and Nastia Liukin win gold and silver medals on the balance beam.

Although Kim Moore didn’t cry during the medal ceremony for Johnson and Liukin, she said hearing the national anthem was emotional.


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