James Moore: Our Hero Next Door

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- 71-year-old James Moore spends a lot of time driving his SUV.

"Our church mission here at Fort Caroline Baptist is love God. Love others. Serve the world," Moore said.

After spending more than 40 years at CSX the retired chief traffic officer is as busy as ever.

"We have a very active group of senior citizens in our church. So many of them have doctor's appointments that they need transportation for," Moore said.

All they have to do is call him, who is affectionately known as doc Moore. He picks them up and takes them where they need to go.

"You know time of day doesn't matter, if there is a need we need to be there for those folks," Moore said.

Mr. Moore says that while he was chairman of the deacon board back in 2005 his pastor here at Fort Caroline Baptist Church, Richard Powell asked him if he would provide transportation for those members in need. He said yes and he has been doing it ever sense.

"I know how difficult it can be. I've been in wheelchairs and on crutches with various problems," Moore explains.

Moore calls his transportation service his ministry.

"You know there are so many people Chris that they don't even get a touch from a human being, unless somebody goes out of their way to shake hands or give a hug or whatever. And there are a lot of hurting people in this world," said Moore. "So, let's just be aware of that and do what we can to make things better for them."

Moore also gives the seniors a ride free of charge.

"I don't want anybody to think they owe me anything just a good hug around the neck, if it's a man or a woman that's all I need," Moore said.

Moore says he plans to provide the transportation service as long as he can do it.

"When we serve somebody else we're serving God and that's what we need to be doing. And I'm afraid more and more folks are losing site of that," said Moore. "But, some of us ol' timers remember it."


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