MIAMI (CBSMiami) – The Miami Dolphins stepped up in a big way Monday for a teenager who was the victim of a drive by shooting.
CBS4 News featured 17-year-old Dharmaniyah Moore’s story last week as part of Neighbors 4 Neighbors Adopt-A-Family 4 the Holidays program.
The Dolphins and offensive lineman Billy Turner heard the call for help and came bearing gifts for Dharmaniyah who sat in his wheelchair wearing a throwback Miami Dolphins jersey and cap.
Unfortunately Dharmaniyah could not respond with words to Turner’s generosity. The teen was hit in the head by a stray bullet from a drive-by-shooting when he was 12.
“Anytime me and the rest of the team get a chance to give back to the community means a lot especially during the Christmas season,” Turner said.
Gifts from the Fins included a new laptop computer, a new pair of Nike sneakers and plenty of autographed Miami Dolphins football gear.
Turner also brought a birthday cake for Dharmaniyah who turns 18 this week.
“I am so overwhelmed, overjoyed and grateful because the ends wasn’t there for me to do it,” said Dharmaniyah’s mother, Stephanie Moore, “so I’m very grateful.”
After suffering an embarrassing loss in San Diego on Sunday, Turner said seeing Dharmaniyah helps put life away from football into perspective.
“After a tough loss being able to give back to the community is a good thing for us,” Turner said.
Stephanie Moore said she could use more help caring for her son, especially with housing and transportation. If you can lend a hand call Neighbors 4 Neighbors at (305) 597-4404 or visit neighbors4neighbors.org.