Hundreds of students, parents and Bell Gardens residents attended Monday’s city council meeting to watch as Kimberly Moore was given the “Key to the City in honor of her charitable contributions to the community.
Moore is known as the “female Santa” for her charitable work in underprivileged neighborhoods. She has answered hundreds of “Dear Santa” letters from families in Bell Gardens, donating toys and presents during the holidays.
In 2008, Moore also donated hundreds of instruments to Bell Gardens High School after learning that students had to share instruments because there were not enough to go around.
“Never in a million years did I ever think I would get something like this,” said Moore, responding to the recognition by the city.
Pictured: Kimberly Moore, center right, receives the “Key to the City” during the April 22 Bell Gardens City Council meeting.