In 2005, Paul Moore sent a care package to his brother, Brian, who was serving in the U.S. military in Iraq. That one care package has multiplied by 45,632, a large-scale project that Moore never envisioned. Seven years, 4,700 soccer balls and 8,200 cases of Girl Scout cookies later, his act of brotherly love has evolved into MooreMart, a non-profit organization that sends care packages to military members, clinics, schools, and orphanages in Iraq, Kuwait, and Afghanistan.
Brian has returned from Iraq, but Moore, with the support of his family and friends, has continued his mailings. The organization holds four packing events a year where 40-60 volunteers pack and mail supplies. Although Moore now has a mostly administrative role—obtaining donations, coordinating the packing events, and making sure supplies are delivered—he is still very much the face of the organization.
For his charity and volunteer work, Moore has been recognized by New Hampshire Governor John Lynch, President George Bush, and the New Hampshire Bar Association. Recently, he was named citizen of the year by the New Hampshire Union Leader and in 2005 he received the Saint Anselm College Alumni Award of Merit.
“My sister said it best when she said, ‘We consider every member of our armed services to be our brothers and sisters and we will continue to support them as long as they are serving our country in harm’s way,’” says Moore, a New Hampshire circuit court judge. He continues to send packages because he feels it’s the least he can do to recognize and honor the troops and their families.
A disabled veteran, Moore recognizes the relief it provides. MooreMart’s packages include socks, candy and books, but there are also special requests such as razors and whey protein. One of the oddest requests? 500 pounds of golf balls.
In August, Moore buys pink and blue backpacks and fills them with pens, pencils, and paper. He is adamant that villages only receive supplies if girls are permitted to attend school. “It’s important to impress upon them that they have a responsibility to educate their daughters,” he says.
Moore is impressed by men and women in uniform who request supplies for a child or a school in need. “You have a soldier in a stressful environment seeing the need for children to have shoes on their feet, and they ask us to ship those items instead of things they could use themselves.”
Moore attended Saint Anselm on an ROTC scholarship and interned with the N.H. State Police. He hoped for a career in law enforcement, but his plans were derailed after he was sent to Korea and injured in a parachuting accident. He went on to earn a master’s in public administration and a law degree from Northeastern University. He is now a circuit court judge assigned to Goffstown and Derry, N.H. Trying a variety of cases including marital, civil, juvenile and criminal, he often works with the same family through different courts.
Having sent five tons of humanitarian aid to clinics, schools, and orphanages, and serving his local community, Moore has received many prestigious accolades. He was awarded the Distinguished Service to the Public Award and the William Grimes Award for Judicial Professionalism from the N.H. Bar Association. He was recognized by the U. S. House of Representatives, the Red Cross and the New Hampshire National Guard. He also received commendation from New Hampshire Gov. John Lynch for his community service and commitment to veterans and disabled children.
Gearing up for his next packing event, Paul Moore is looking for hand written letters, volunteers and donated supplies. (www.mooremart.org.)