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Henrico first responders help homeless, single-father of 6 get back on his feet

Posted at 8:26 PM, Dec 29, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-30 23:22:41-05

HENRICO COUNTY, Va. -- Henrico first responders found a man and his six children shivering on a playground after being forced out of the home where they were staying. Now, Henrico police officers said they stepped in to make life a little easier for the man and his family.

Carl Moore moved to the Richmond area more than a month ago. After a failed relationship, he found himself and his six kids out in the elements Monday afternoon.

Moore’s daughter suffered a panic attack and that’s how he got in contact with the first responders from Henrico fire and police.

“They were outstanding people, they were compassionate and loving,” said Moore.

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Carl Moore and Henrico Police

Moore cried tears of joy as Henrico police delivered food gift cards to his family. Moore and his six kids haven't had a meal since Monday night at fire house 7 in Henrico.

The disabled, single father of six fled a rough neighborhood in Chesapeake in search of a better community for his kids. Now he's hearing if he doesn't get his act together fast, Richmond may be the end of the road.

“If I don’t find something soon, they’re talking about taking my kids away from me,” said Moore. “I've had them for the last 11 to 12 years of my life. I can't imagine my life without my kids; they are all I have and all I know. I've made mistakes but I can't bear to see them take my kids from me."

Henrico police are trying to help prevent that fate. Officers and firefighters are getting resources together to help get Moore and his kids food, clothing and shelter.

After an outpouring of support, Moore said he's in the process of trying to set up an account where people can donate. He said in the mean time, if you want to talk to him you can call 757-776-5027.